Wake (2001)

Wake brings the intrigue of Gary Simmons' erasure drawings online. Move across the screen to reveal windows into the past.

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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

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