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Flexible Logististics: A Conversation with TODT
by D. Dominick Lombardi

It would be difficult to find an art group with a greater influence on contemporary installation art than TODT. The collaborative goes back to 1978, and I can distinctly remember being moved viscerally the first time I saw Womb Wars. In my mind, that piece changed everything about how we look at the limitations or structuring of the artwork. Perhaps as much as Duchamp’s Large Glass, the work seemed to demonstrate the limitless possibilities of the art object. Like Duchamp’s work, Womb Wars fractured, then reconstructed reality, adding science, industry, and technology while maintaining a creepy, implied human presence.

Fountain, 2003. Mixed media, 11 x 22 x 3.5 ft. Photo: Courtesy the artists and Sideshow Gallery.

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