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Even closer in spirit to "Untitled Diptych" is 1985's "Nazca. Inclusion I" and its companion, "Nazca. Inclusion II," a pair of diagonally set squares in acrylic on canvas. Yust was interested in the ancient Nazca Indians of South America, who created monumental line drawings on the floor of an arid valley in Peru. "Some believe the Nazca created the line drawings as sacred pathways, and that's what I intend with the lines in the 'Nazca. Inclusions,'" he says. Yust also did "Nazca. Inclusion" prints pulled by Denver's Meg Ingraham.

The exhibit concludes with some of the artist's most recent diptychs. This group, in the form of paired monotypes printed at Open Press in Denver under the supervision of Mark Lunning, was completed in 1998 and 1999. The newest one is "M.D. Inclusion (Diptych I)," a pair of circles made of joined black and white paper covered with bold shapes in red, white, blue and black.

The assortment of diptychs in Dave Yust demonstrates the variety of approaches taken by this talented artist since the 1960s. And though over the years Yust has laid out an elaborate program to guide the creation of his meticulously done paintings, he frequently violates his own proscriptions. For example, although his compositions typically end at the edges of the canvases ("The paintings are objects, and not windows on the world," Yust says), he sees his compositions as landscapes, which would mean that they do function as windows on the world. Oh, well, art, like reality, is often filled with contradictions--like putting those ugly additions onto a once lovely campus complex.

Dave Yust: Diptychs 1968-99 at the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 1-970-491-6444.

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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