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Nari Ward at MASS MoCA | by Len Radin
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Nari Ward at MASS MoCA

This piece by Nari Ward was photographed at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The following is quoted from written materials by the museum staff:

The form of Nu Colossus comes from a small conical woven fish trap, which lures fish only to ensnare them. Typically used to catch minnows, here Ward has reconceived the delicate, basket-sized trap at immense scale. This duality of deduction and entrapment is key to Ward's idea of mirage. Suspended inside the cone, broken bits of weathered furniture apppear to be stuck in the trap but at the same time become an inegral part of its structure. Vieweres cannot enter the structure but instead stand in front of it as it opens up before them, magnificent and revelatory.

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Taken on December 4, 2011