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Yet it might be said that in reading the text of ritual mob violence inscribed on the body of a young black man, Wright's own writing defies an existing code of power that circumscribes the articulation of such horrific acts.
These groups live within social constructs that bind and circumscribe just as homosexuality is stigmatized by society.
In another box piece, also Untitled, 1999, eight decals depicting a generic boy and dog face off across a closed hallway that circumscribes the sculpture, serving as portals to the conflicted nostalgia at the heart of the work, while a blank, open-ended hallway bisecting the box's interior conveys a faint, disjunctive loneliness.