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Patrick Mahon: Palindrome



January 1, 2000
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Mahon's installations explore the relation between structure and surface through the medium of wallpaper that he designs and has fabricated himself. Deliberately referencing William Morris and Le Coubusier, Mahon suggests several modernist aesthetic traditions. Interestingly, given that the artist is a heterosexual male, the essayists look at his work in the light of feminist analysis and homosexual aesthetics. Bryden discusses the artist's treatment of domestic space as a comment on traditional sex roles while Metcalfe considers the work as a critique of the heroic masculinism of Modernist aesthetics.

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