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Man Bartlett: Systema Mundi

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Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street
Long Island City
April 2 - April 11, 2010
Reception: Friday, April 2, 6 - 9 PM
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Flux Factory presents Systema Mundi, an exhibition of drawings, installation and pyrography by Man Bartlett.

The work in this show includes a “circle drawing” in which thousands of small circles are tightly clustered, and form a rectangle. From a distance it appears as a solid mass, but closer inspection reveals a chaotic yet ordered composition.

A pyrography piece consists of small burned dots which appear to create or mimic the pattern of the grain of the wood beneath them.

In opposition to these maximalist tendencies lies a minimalist earth and water installation, sourced from in and around the Flux Factory building.

This juxtaposition of means is of critical interest to the artist, whose work often deals with the union of paradoxes from within a wide spectrum of art history and human experience.

The show title is taken from the Carl Jung drawing Systema mundi totius, and follows Bartlett’s 2008 drawing spiritus mundi and 2009’s exhibition transmission.

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