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There is an absence in Gary Simmons' work -- from his child-sized Klan robes (6X, 1990) or row of empty gilded sneakers (Line Up, 1993), to his recent photographs of uninhabited pedagogical spaces -- that is as salient as any presence one could portray. The act of imagining the people who might inhabit these objects and spaces invites a speculation ultimately more unsettling than facing any corporeal presence. As Peter Falk said many times in Wim Wenders' Himmel Wake brings the intrigue of Gary Simmons' erasure drawings online. Move across the screen to reveal windows into the past.