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  • <i>Patrick Dougherty, <i>Trailheads</i>, maple and sweet gum saplings, each 30" x 25" x 10', 2005.</i>
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<i><i>"I build a matrix from the architecture of the natural world. For </i>Trailheads<i>, I incorporated the heads and shoulders of three figures over  35 feet tall. Each head is actually woven around the crown of the trees. Those were cherry trees that served as the spinal columns and heads. The idea there was that the trees themselves exerted a face: You could look through the trees and see something looking back at you."</i></i>
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  • Hear At Last
  • Patrick Dougherty, Trailheads, maple and sweet gum saplings,...
  • Patrick Dougherty
  • Dec 9, 2009
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<i><i>Wikigod</i> from the <i>Google Searching for God</i> installation, typewriter embossed paper, wood, and fluorescent lights, 2009, 5' x 30' x 1'</i>
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<i><i>"</i>Wikigod<i> is the physical transcription of the hypertext source for Wikipedia's definition of God. A hand-embossed scroll, using a typewriter containing no ink, is presented atop a long, narrow table. The scroll is currently 30 feet in length but will be nearly 60 feet long upon completion. The table is modular and can be adjusted to fit the space in which the piece is presented. Every time the word "God" appears in the coding, the text is illuminated from below."</i></i>
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<i><i>&mdash;Jason Ferguson</i></i>
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  • The Ferguson Code
  • Wikigod from the Google Searching for God installation,...
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Dec 9, 2009
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<i>Julie Heffernan, <i>Self Portrait with Several Tiny Homes</i>, oil on canvas, &#10;68" x 54", 2009.</i>
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<i>"The images are not sprouting out of the head because that would be surreal and I'm not interested in that. It's the burgeoning mind. It's a way of looking at something from all angles."</i>
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  • Hear At Last
  • Julie Heffernan, Self Portrait with Several Tiny Homes,...
  • Julie Heffernan
  • Dec 9, 2009
  • Frank Werner,<i> M-65, 25, 62, </i>Mallard Decoys, from front to rear, 2007
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<i>"Repetition in folk art and especially in decoy making came as a matter of practical necessity. Many old-time decoy makers used only a single pattern for each species they carved. Some, perhaps because they believed their quarry had become wary, carved their stool in a variety of attitudes, creating a rig that looked more natural on the water. Others pursued aesthetic ends as well as game for the table."</i>
<br><i>&mdash;Frank Werner</i>
  • Art of Deception
  • Frank Werner, M-65, 25, 62, Mallard Decoys, from...
  • Frank Werner
  • Dec 9, 2009
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<i><i>Wikigod</i> from the <i>Google Searching for God</i> installation, typewriter embossed paper, wood, and fluorescent lights, 2009, 5' x 30' x 1'</i>
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<i><i>"</i>Wikigod<i> is the physical transcription of the hypertext source for Wikipedia's definition of God. A hand-embossed scroll, using a typewriter containing no ink, is presented atop a long, narrow table. The scroll is currently 30 feet in length but will be nearly 60 feet long upon completion. The table is modular and can be adjusted to fit the space in which the piece is presented. Every time the word "God" appears in the coding, the text is illuminated from below."</i></i>
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<i><i>&mdash;Jason Ferguson</i></i>
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  • The Ferguson Code
  • Wikigod from the Google Searching for God installation,...
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Dec 9, 2009
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<i>Norman Akers, <i>Rebirth</i>,  oil on canvas, 66" x 60", 2000.</i>
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<i><i>"In this particular painting, there's a turtle on the left that is very diagrammatic. I'm intrigued formally how marks can convey shifts of thought: the analytic vs. the expressive, which is on the other side of the painting. There is a personal symbology; it is autobiographical. There are lots of roads; it's cruising around Osage country. The car is a Thunderbird, and my dad used to have one. I am exploring these ideas that are not literal: They are my relationship to home, and just me thinking about it."</i></i>
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  • Hear At Last
  • Norman Akers, Rebirth, oil on canvas, 66" x...
  • Norman Akers
  • Dec 9, 2009
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<i><i>Wikigod</i> from the <i>Google Searching for God</i> installation, typewriter embossed paper, wood, and fluorescent lights, 2009, 5' x 30' x 1'</i>
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<i><i>"</i>Wikigod<i> is the physical transcription of the hypertext source for Wikipedia's definition of God. A hand-embossed scroll, using a typewriter containing no ink, is presented atop a long, narrow table. The scroll is currently 30 feet in length but will be nearly 60 feet long upon completion. The table is modular and can be adjusted to fit the space in which the piece is presented. Every time the word "God" appears in the coding, the text is illuminated from below."</i></i>
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<i><i>&mdash;Jason Ferguson</i></i>
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  • The Ferguson Code
  • Wikigod from the Google Searching for God installation,...
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Dec 9, 2009
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<i>Kim Keever, <i>Forest 70B, 2007</i>, c-print, 56" x 84", 2007.</i>
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<i><i>"This image shows four great trees that have stood their ground as a meandering stream has cut a path around them. I spent a lot of time building these trees which are about 18 inches tall, or should I say were about 18 inches tall. Standing in the water gradually destroys them since the plaster gradually dissolves and the branches fall off. This is true of most of the work I do."</i></i>
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  • Hear At Last
  • Kim Keever, Forest 70B, 2007, c-print, 56" x...
  • Kim Keever
  • Dec 9, 2009
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<i><i>Inanimate Dissection</i>, altered shoe, wax dissection tray, T-pins, video, 2006, 9" x 13" x 3" </i>
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<i><i>"My early work employed procedures used in postmortem examination, dissection, and cross-sectional photography in order to better understand the internal characteristics of common objects. Specific household objects were chosen based on their sociocultural associations and were disassembled following scientific protocol. Video documentation of their painstaking deconstruction is exhibited alongside the object's remains.</i></i>
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  • The Ferguson Code
  • Inanimate Dissection, altered shoe, wax dissection tray, T-pins,...
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Dec 9, 2009
  • <i>Inanimate Dissection, altered shoe, wax dissection tray, T-pins, video, 2006, 9" x 13" x 3" </i>
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<i>"My early work employed procedures used in postmortem examination, dissection, and cross-sectional photography in order to better understand the internal characteristics of common objects. Specific household objects were chosen based on their sociocultural associations and were disassembled following scientific protocol. Video documentation of their painstaking deconstruction is exhibited alongside the object's remains.</i>
  • The Ferguson Code
  • Inanimate Dissection, altered shoe, wax dissection tray, T-pins,...
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Dec 9, 2009

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