American conceptual and environmental artist of Hungarian birth. She was educated in Sweden and the USA. In much of her work she presented analytical propositions in visual form, seeking to re-evaluate existing knowledge, and her work came to be seen as a process of investigation, incorporating both philosophy and science but also using elements of myth. In her book Map Projections she relinquished accepted forms of knowledge of the planet earth and sought new possibilities, presenting them in the form of drawings. Thus, for example, ‘longitude and latitude lines were unravelled, points of intersection cut, continents allowed to drift, gravity tampered with [and] earth mass altered.’ The element of game-playing in this was important, as was the belief in the possibility of changing our understanding of the world. Denes felt it was important to ‘accept the possibility that there may be no language to describe ultimate reality, beyond the language of visions’ (e.g. Matrix of Knowledge, monoprint, 1970; New York, MOMA, and Pascal’s Triangle II, India ink on orange graph paper, 1973; Joyce Kozloff priv. col.). Other works were inspired by ecological concerns and included the planting of a cornfield (1987) on a site in Manhattan destined for development, planting a rice field and burying a canister filled with philosophical questions to be unearthed at some future date.
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