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Private spaces, out in the open

Private spaces, out in the open

In Mark Joseph Oliver's sculpture "Telecommunication," an old television has crash-landed on a beige living-room couch. The fibers of the moth-eaten furniture are scorched black like charcoal around the impact site, and protruding from the TV are dozens of white acrylic rods grouped so they resemble Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Familiar movie scenes play on the television — Gene Wilder singing "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," John Wayne's conversation with Natalie Wood from the classic western "The Searchers" — which cast a glow of purplish green against the acrylic rods. Oliver says many...

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