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Review: To understand (dis)Mantle, you must experience it

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2010 - There's still time to see Jill Downen's "(dis)Mantle," a temporary site-specific installation in a former chapel at the Luminary Center for the Arts.

This is one of the finest works on view in St. Louis this year.

"(dis)Mantle" must be experienced to be understood -- indeed, it is entirely about experience, specifically the bodily experience of space, light, and architecture.

It is at once subtle and transcendent, an absolute revelation.

Ivy Cooper, a professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is the Beacon art critic. 

Ivy Cooper
Ivy Cooper is the Beacon visual arts reviewer and a professor of art at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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