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Light Mystery
  • Joseph Nechvatal
    born 1951
    born: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Light Mystery, 1984
  • Where object was made: United States
  • graphite on paper
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 28 x 35.6 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 x 14 in
    Mat Dimensions: 16 x 20 in
  • The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0060
Label Text

The work appears to be abstract at first glance, as the entire paper is covered with graphite. A tangle of darker graphite lines overlaps and tangle together throughout the paper, occasionally resolving into clear images. In the lower right corner, a cartoon character (identified as a Smurf) can be seen sticking out his tongue and in the upper right quarter of the work is a folding chair. The central part of the drawing is composed of overlapping human faces, male and female, and headless male torsos and bodies.