This article discusses the plastic arts' non-dialectical engagement with materiality, by focusing on figures of depth in three recent artworks in mixed media by artists from the Americas: Artur Barrio's coffee-grounds installations (2000–08), Jacques Coursil's avant-garde jazz album Clameurs (2007), and Damián Ortega's action Moby Dick (2004). All three offer aesthetic experiences of depth that propose an approach to the questions of relation and chaos-monde addressed by Édouard Glissant in terms of plasticity and assemblages—unhinged from anthropocentrism and signification.

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