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Ken Nicol, Counting Squares (Book), ink on existing book: “This is a book of graph paper the artist bought, and he numbered in ink every square inside it — more than 75,000 of them. He likes repetitive exercises and the beauty that can come from them, and what kind of headspace they put you into. For one of his works, ‘The Button I Pressed a Million Times,’ he attached a button to an analog counter and pressed it one million times. Here, each individual square has been attended to, so it’s an object that has this incredible power, this energy from someone having invested all that time into it.”