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Inspired by Frank Stella’s 1988 “The Blanket,” artist Anna Stevens is intrigued by its layered aluminum surfaces that softly engineer the conceptual multi-dimensions of Stella’s work. Rather than working off the original, she relies on flat reproductive photos which she then projects Stella’s pattern onto found pieces of wood to further investigate the physical conditions of its visual distortion. Thus, by literally expanding Stella’s pattern onto different, tangible angles, Stevens also enlivens Stella’s own exploratory needs of the intangible world of “The Blanket”.  Subdued by the flatness of digital and print reproductions, Stella’s “The Blanket” could present only a single image to viewers. Yet Stevens, aided by machine learning, pushes past these boundaries as she subverts these limited perspectives offered by reproductions and provides an unlimited expression of dimension through mechanical hallucinations.




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