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By Rhizome

Is that a pile of tiny wires or a mound of giant tubes? Can an image be beautiful or intriguing even if you don't know what you're looking at? Perhaps this is the beauty itself of abstract art. Xavier Cahen's aptly titled "Abstract" makes us ponder unidentifiable objects, presented online in brief videos. Could this piece work better in another form, such as video projection in a gallery or still photos on a wall? Or is online presentation, which often requires a more intimate viewing situation...such as sneaking a quick look in between work duties or studying...Makes you think not only about the nature of abstract art, but the nature of art presented online...

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