Sunday, October 5, 2014

John Armleder at Fernand Léger Foundation

John Armleder at Fernand Le?ger Foundation

Armleder the center node between Mike Kelley’s playful aesthetic abuse in Broodthaers institutional mocking mis-en-scene, the potted plants to prove it, an assault on taste in a “bad painting”-cum-“Bad interior design installation.” A good Armleder show leaves you feeling molested. It’s the lightness with which Armleder creates aesthetic tragedies that is his gift. The stretched ratio of the vinyl, a guitar next to a minimalist painting, a couch, it’s all so .... plain. The banality of evil, the plainness of aesthetic abjection.