Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sam Lewitt at Kunsthalle Basel

Sam Lewitt at Kunsthalle Basel

"Keeping the lights on" is synonymous with capitalist vitality, the blood flow current signifying property over time, which Lewitt turns to heat, redirecting its energy to liminally exchange light for warmth for the corpse.
It's impossible to be certain whether the new techno-conceptual isn't anything more than a refurbished arte-povera, in which its spirituality and metaphysics is replaced with a ghost in the scary looking machines of a predestined future come to haunt us menacingly, like cultures assigning gods and poetry to corral phenomena we are at a loss to control.

See too:  Elaine Cameron-Weir at VENUS Los AngelesBen Schumacher at Musee d’art contemporain de LyonChadwick Rantanen at Essex Street