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'You Make Me' is an ambiguous phrase suggesting both coercion and completeness. Is it a statement about force or about making someone whole? Wool appropriates texts from sources such as films, but uses repetition or unexpected intervals between words and letters to fracture meaning. Here the words are stacked up, disrupting our ability to read them as a fluid sentence. Since the mid-1980s, Wool's paintings have generally consisted of either abstract ornamental imagery or black lettering on a white background. In both groups the images appear magnified, taken to the brink of disintegration.

August 2004