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Blake Oetting

Blake Oetting is a writer based in New York. He is currently a PhD candidate at New York University where he studies modern & contemporary art.

Catherine Telford Keogh: Nervous System

There are risks with every surgery. For the most part, these remain hypothetical scenarios only realized as part of a phantasmagoric paranoia: a clumsy incision, the quivering hand of your surgeon, an unforeseen lump. Anticipating this obsessive worrying, hospitals aim to reassure us through a compensatory iconography of total sterility.

Gedi Sibony: The Terrace Theater

Without swerving into didactic messaging—he avoids explicit references to the virus, or even loaded associations like hope or loss—Sibony’s labyrinthine theater reflects the mental gymnastics and displacements involved in grappling with flux.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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