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Rashid Johnson completely caught me off guard because I had not expected to go to Hauser and Wirth and did not have any knowledge of her work beforehand. She basically used one photograph and modeled all of her works off of that. As if they were studies of it. She also lined the wall with the photograph thatch used. I didn't get it at first, but gradually I came to understand the exhibit. 


I thought the most interesting part was her violent repetitiveness. When it came to the original boy with the gun to his head smiling, it was already incredibly violent. Maybe violent potential is a better way to put it. In any case the repetitiveness was incredibly poignant, and the fact that they were giant portraits out of black wax and scratched into worked incredibly well to look into the inner workings of the boy's mind.

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