Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Alan Schmalz at Truth and Consequences


Stupidity, enacted with enough impudent glee, begins to edge the psychotic, pathologic, wasting resources, occupying space, and of course its just a gallery so its already a waste of any productivity (depending on who you ask in the artworld) and maybe half of that is point, the Kourus figure here mirrors you and your viewing it: Look closely at its face and tell me its not mocking you. The stupidity here is more comical than the most and the wasting of semiotic resources is more economical than, say, Helen Marten who these share at least some contemporary sensibility, save that these are ready to bring the whole ship down instead of bolster it's tumescence. The PR as poem is pretty good.

See too: “Mirror Effect” at The Box