Seph Rodney 
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Re: “Almost Human: Richard Serra

One way to think of this is that Richard Serra's consistently awe-evoking, maximalist sculpture and your response to it is a kind of microcosm of the critique leveled against cold, agonistic, divorced-from-political-realities modernism and modernism's eventual usurpation by post-modern work that quite intentionally confronts the viewer with the detritus and traces of human life (and with the artifice of making work for cultural consumption).

In other words, your response, clear and convincing, is part of a larger discursive and historical shift away from awe, respect for "mastery", and corollary attitudes towards, I would suggest, an appreciation for story, for objects that provoke relations that carry on after the experience, for an indication of a human pulse and a desire for a recognition of our own presence as viewers.

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Posted by Seph Rodney on 02/18/2014 at 9:04 PM

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