(NJ-1) Lost In Space (Richard Serra)


More Richard Serra? Another hard wrap around space surrounding the sense of void and path? What could be more familiar already? Seen it once, seen twice? But I don’t know what happened to me the other day. First you walk around the perimeter to get a sense of the scale. Then you wander your way inside and walk your way through it. This time turning a bend inside the cave, I suddenly felt with just a little panic like I was lost. I realized that, technically, this was impossible, that I could always retrace my steps if the labyrinth hit a dead-end. But there was this nagging cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, it’s a large space. On the other hand, it’s not infinite. You know that there’s a limiting edge to this universe, and you just have to feel your way out.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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