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air is air and thing is thing


When seen from a specific vantage point, seven independent sculptures align to create a single image depicting Marcel Duchamp’s Etant Donnes but where the female figure lay in the negative.


Each sculpture abides by it’s own logic and mimics the flux of transitional environments, that of geological landscape and the domestic building trade. When a viewer looks through the peephole positioned in the faux brick surface of one of the sculptures, Nani’s Book Ends, the artworks coalesce to the contours of Etant Donnes but whereas the female figure lay in the negative space. The eye wants to see the flattened space of the image, while the sculptures pull the tableau out into dimensional space.


Meanwhile, meandering viewers may interrupt this image, unwittingly walking through the body of the prone female.


The title of the exhibition is adapted from the e.e. cummings poem, now air is air and thing is thing: no bliss.