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The Brooklyn Rail

APR 2017

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The Garden of Eden

On View
Sperone Westwater
Heinz Mack
February 17 – March 25, 2017
New York

Symphony of light and refrains of machine unconscious
Plummet this anomalous and unflustered Eden into
Deliberations of unequal passages,
And arousals of our senses, sense of …

The appreciable accumulation of an intense, unraveling duel
Between symmetrical speckles, flecks, dabs and blotches,
Smudged spots and cool asymmetry; a utopia of vertical pillars
Shines against the tan desert sand.

Light is the seclusive lord of universal acceptance
Preceding the mechanization of private folklore,
Squeezed strenuously across transparent veils, filmic automatons,
Onto rolls of radiant color.

The orchestra begins long before dawn.
Someone whispers, “It’s too splendid to confess.”
Time, space, elemental commitment is to nowhere
But here. Everyone is welcomed.



Heinz Mack, Ohne Titel (Untitled), 2015. Stainless steel. 108 1/4 × 15 3/4 inches. Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.


Heinz Mack, Ohne Titel (Untitled), 1969. Ink on handmade paper. 30 × 44 inches. Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.



Phong Bui

Phong H. Bui is the Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail.


The Brooklyn Rail

APR 2017

All Issues