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4.10 / House of Cards

February 26 2013

Introduction

February 26, 2013. Building a house of cards is an undertaking that courts precariousness and demands perseverance. Mary Anne Kluth elucidates this latter quality when she describes how the assembled cards in Elisheva Biernoff’s sculpture House of Cards (2012–13) “suggest mastery and dedication.” Rigorous devotion is also central to the artistic practices of Jay Defeo, Colter Jacobsen, and Takming Chuang, all of who, in their own way, strike a delicate balance between structure and impermanence. At the same time, Glen Helfand’s illumination of “Happiness Is…” reminds us that joy can materialize in many different forms, even when the cards fail us. Enjoy! — KQS

 

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