Charles Ray a la Virginia Rutledge

(a found poem)
reality hybrids
a consensual hallucination
defamiliarize the vernacular
make the commonplace strange
odd discrepancies
visual mishmash
isolation & self-sufficiency
threatening presence
(described by the artist as "neurotic")
calculating hipness quotient
inserted himself (or his image)
from abstraction to figuration
logical conceptual step
from the present to the recent past
quirky investigations
downright classical
deliberate misgauging
bodily involvement
self-imposed martyrdom
themes that dominate
precarious states of balance
(read: a control issue)
Rutledge article featured in Art in America No.11 Nov 1988