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“He’s told he could have lightning bolt patterns shaved into the hair on the sides of his head. This causes him to chuckle. It would be silly to expect any notion of choice here, for the name he currently bears ensures that there can be only one possible outcome to this situation.”

2012. Ink on paper. 7 x 7 in.

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“Golden, early evening sunlight casts a reflection of the duvet upon the inside of the windowpane. Seen within this semitransparent mirror image is a sizeable shadow slowly, and silently, pacing to and fro across the surface of the duvet. But, no such shadow darkens the real, physical duvet. Certainly, nothing is moving, nor present, in the room (nor outside the window) to act as the source of the shadow. The only one there is the boy beneath the duvet.”

2012. Ink on paper. 7 x 7 in.

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“[ . . . ] enclosed by a neatly folded golden foil wrapper (similar to that which might contain a segmented chocolate bar). What one finds inside the packaging resemble rows of shower tiles – small white chiclets flecked with green seafoam and bound together in a grid by some sort of greyish mortar. Break a square off at the mortar seam, and you can safely carry it with you. But, snap a tile in half, and it will release sedative fumes.”

2012. Ink on paper. 8.25 x 6.5 in.

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“They have been tasked with designing a pair of scissors capable of cutting an object not located between the scissors’ two blades.”

2011. Ink on paper. 6.25 x 4 in.

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“Gregory’s limbs relax, and spread out around him across the floor. “Where the hell am I?” he asks as he realizes he is staring at an office ceiling. [ . . . ] The last thing that he can remember doing was examining a complex diagram on a large sheet of paper. [ . . . ] The left side of Gregory’s head and body, as well as his chest, feel badly bruised. And why are his eyes so dry?”

2011. Ink on paper. 8.5 x 7 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 5.25 x 4.25 in.“Gregory is still lying on his back. Tadeusz, with one hand, holds a thick text book between the diagram and Gregory’s eyes in an attempt to sever the invisible bond between the two. With his free hand Tadeusz tests the fixity of the floating sheet of paper’s position relative to Gregory. It only takes a brief moment for Tadeusz to confirm that the bond has not been broken. Sighing, he walks away from his colleague and places the heavy tome back in its place upon the shelf.”

2011. Ink on paper. 5.25 x 4.25 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 10.75 x 7.5 in.“Tadeusz, while deep in thought, unbuttons his cuffs and begins to roll up his sleeves. A series of interrelated solutions has presented itself to him. Tadeusz could physically remove the diagram from the vision of his unmoving colleague, and this might be accomplished by simply rolling up the chart, folding it closed, or picking it up off the drafting table and placing it elsewhere away from Gregory’s relentlessly focused eyes. But Tadeusz is reluctant to attempt any of these methods, for he knows the inadequacies of his own athleticism – if the deadlock between the diagram and Gregory’s retinae cannot be so easily broken, any attempt to move the chart would require shifting Gregory’s body at the same time along a parallel vector. Such would be an unwieldy undertaking, both heavy and unbalanced. Indeed, if the assumption holds true that the distance between, and relative positions of, Gregory and the surface of the diagram are fixed, it would require far less effort to instead directly move Gregory and allow the sheet of paper to follow suit (especially considering that Gregory is seated on a chair with casters). Although, this alone would not be a successful way to rescue Gregory from the clutches of the chart’s petrifying visage.”

2011. Ink on paper. 10.75 x 7.5 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 10.75 x 7.5 in.“It is just a few minutes past 7.00am when Tadeusz unlocks the office door and steps in. He flicks the lights on, rests his briefcase against a bookshelf, strolls past Gregory, and sits down on the worn Le Corbusier-inspired sofa. Tadeusz examines his colleague. Unsurprisingly by now, Gregory sits motionless at the drafting table with eyes fixed on the complex geometric chart laid out before him. Gregory does not move, blink, breath, eat, drink, defecate, or urinate – though he sometimes sweats, his hair and beard do not grow. Gregory should be dead, but three weeks have passed since Tadeusz discovered him frozen in the office, and still Gregory shows no signs of decomposition. So, despite all commonsensical objections, Tadeusz surmises that Gregory must yet be alive. Tadeusz would almost allow himself to be overjoyed by this conclusion if he could but determine a method to successfully reclaim his friend from the visually-induced stasis.”

2011. Ink on paper. 10.75 x 7.5 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 4.5 x 4.5 in.“A pile of rocks resembles a chair. He’s weary from wandering, so he sits down on it. A layer of smooth pebbles gathered in the bowl of the seat makes for a very comfortable experience. This unexpected amenity must have been crafted by human hands, but his mind focuses on stranger things: the landmarks. They still look the same as before, but of course they’ve changed location. Are the resemblances then mere coincidence? He’s been thinking of the current here and there as the same here and there he passed through last time, the only differences being the location of the staircase joining here to there, and the requisite route to find those stairs. But now he has his doubts.”

2011. Ink on paper. 4.5 x 4.5 in.

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2011. Ink on paper. 4.5 x 4.5 in.“Any sense of accomplishment derived from having located the exit here is swiftly negated by the certainty that a return visit to this exact place would only yield an empty corridor.”

2011. Ink on paper. 4.5 x 4.5 in.

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