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Measure, Mind, and Matter

Measure, Mind, and Matter

Chapter:
Three Measure, Mind, and Matter
Source:
Barry Le Va
Author(s):
Michael Maizels
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694686.003.0003

The third chapter addresses Le Va’s wooden dowel works from the mid- and late 1970s. Deceptively simple in appearance, these arrangements of wooden dowels realized complex measurements of their installation spaces or constructed Byzantine perspective systems that penetrated the gallery walls and floors. It argues that the dowel constructions use incomprehensible algorithms, mutable measurements, and impossible perspective systems to accomplish a kind of perceptual and cognitive splintering parallel to the earlier material fragmentation of broken glass, thrown flour and ripped fabric.

Keywords:   Barry Le Va, dowel works, dowel constructions, Byzantine, cognitive splintering, parallel, material fragmentation, broken glass, thrown flour, ripped fabric

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