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Genesee (Pleasant Valley)

The sculpture Genesee is a 33-inch cube with a steady seeping of photo developer located at the top. The documented cases of brain cancer in children living within five miles of the Kodak facility inspired the dimensions. The sculpture functions similarly to a Surrealist automatic drawing machine by creating random compositions of chemical washes pooling over 11×14” sheets of light-sensitive black-and-white paper. Water from the Genesee River was acquired through the generous help of volunteers living within the area. This non-representational gesture references the beauty of destruction and the destruction of beauty.

Kodak’s Toxic Moments,” Niman, Michael,, 28 May 2003.

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