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microreview of Traces

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These poems/these paintings are gorgeous: sensually urgent at times,  voyeuristic at others. They are both blunt and spare to the point of being tender. The play between Wagner’s unadorned words & tensile lyrics and Waxman’s suggestive paintings is palpable–both maintain their own energy but so too, together they have a kind of resperative quality. The exchange is one the viewer feels rather than witnesses, like breath. This synthesis is playful while not really giving too much away, ie they are abstract and minimal glances or, as the case may be, ‘traces,’ of meaning/longing/dream-like observations that produce peaks and smears, punctures and slits that never really reveal much more than a hint or a suggestion that one might know a thing but that, 

“knowing the ocean 

is all the same wave”


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