Alter Egos and the Obscurity of Personas

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At Hyperallergic, Daniel Owen reflects on the Robert Seydel exhibit at the Queens Museum. The late writer and artist’s display explores alter egos and the obscurity of personas, as well as the blending and fluidity of the visual and textual artistic mediums:

In many of these texts, a rectangular passage is accompanied by lineated fragments, stamped stars, or child-like colored pencil drawings. No single element is more important than another. The textual is visual and the visual is textual. The movement of the language in its box is at play with the the boxed red star above the stationary mountains or toes or nubs. The correspondence of these elements is loose and complex. Possible meanings abound at every turn. “Here’s air.”


Olivia Wetzel is a student taking time off to live and work in San Francisco. If she could be any animal, she’d be a penguin. She’s never eaten pepperoni before, and one of her feet is a whole size bigger than the other. More from this author →