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24 March 1996

Art Light

Nikko Soroya presented a large exhibit of burnt-out lightbulbs connected by a maze of aluminum cabling. Each bulb was illuminated by a dim spotlight.

Soroya looked troubled when I told him I liked this installation much more than his previous pieces. He explained that the gallery owner had been very rude to him, so he mounted a terrible show to humiliate the owner. I expressed my sympathy with his plight, but I didn't feel at all sorry for him. Since so much serious art is a joke, he shouldn't have been surprised when his joke was taken seriously.

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