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New York Times

ARTS / ART & DESIGN
May 16, 2003
Art Listings

Galleries: SoHo

By Ken Johnson

ROBERT BECK, “Once Across the Mason-Dixon,” Susan Inglett, 100 Wooster Street, (212) 343-0573 (through May 31). This multimedia conceptualist has come up with a device that might sound gimmicky, but it casts a noirish spell. Looking into a classic children’s toy, the View-Master, you see startlingly dimensional, photographic scenes that could be stills from a David Lynch movie — yellow-striped pavement veering into the night, a hitchhiker’s extended arm, a vintage Lincoln in a field. There’s no clear narrative, but there is a feeling of exhilarating dread.

 

The signature of the artist changed from Robert Beck to Robert Buck in 2008.