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Latham used a spray gun to sweep diluted black paint across a base layer of grey. The Shape of a body developed out of this haze. It remains fragmentary and truncated, partly overtaken by the accompanying yellow object. This loss of bodily form suggests more profound anxieties, which were widespread in the 1950s, about alienation and the futility of individual action. However, Latham himself sees the yellow object as a symbol of enlightenment, and he associates the tiny dots of spray painting with the units of time that constitute reality.

September 2004