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"Conrad Shawcross: The Nervous System (Inverted)": Reviewed by New York Magazine

For the glassed-in sculpture garden at 590 Madison Avenue, Conrad Shawcross has created a fragile-looking 50-foot-tall clockwork out of bobbins, complex metal armatures, and gears. The Nervous System (Inverted) weaves an infernal allegory: Moving and turning, it slowly produces a thick rope that piles up on the floor. It’s a work about the impossibility of perfection and the importance of mutation—but also the fact that it’s doomed to simply repeat itself without changing. By the show’s end, there will be a pile of around 1,700 feet of this magical lesson in the importance of variation.
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