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#188 - When Thinking Inside the Box Takes You Outside the Box

Free jazz saxophonist Peter Brotzmann's small exhibition of artworks at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Metal and Wood, features small wooden boxes with scenes of zeppelins and airplanes within them.

What makes these humble artworks wonderful and grand is their contrast of expanse and containment, flying objects trapped like lightning bugs in small boxes. Think pirate ships in bottles.

These artworks simultaneously suck you into and launch you off from their landscapes, which are at once miniature and vertiginous.

2 December 2007

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