This installment of the New Work series features Dawn Fryling’s No Title, a project that comprises a room filled with closely hung, empty picture frames. Brightly shining halide lamps emphasize visitors’ shadows against the bare glass, creating juxtapositions that withhold specific meaning and encourage restless interaction. Downplaying the traditional “aura” and collectability of the art object, Fryling has constructed a space for inconclusive social performance that places medium, audience, and circumstance on equal footing—as interchangeable points of dialogue serving complementary functions.
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New Work is generously supported by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Collectors Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts.