The Art of the Question  

"Figure with Flight Assistant"

The angel takes a different form in "Figure with Flight Assistant," being simultaneously angel, airplane, and Icarus, whose inventor father Daedalus may or may not be the character with the breathing apparatus whose hose is in Icarus’s hand. Whatever their identity beneath their respective half-masks (between one’s goggles and the other’s mask they expose a single complete face) their destinies are intertwined: they have begun together to seek the means of human flight and eventual freedom.

—Paul T. Nagano, Samuel Bak: The Past Continues

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