Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Visiting Artist: Alix Pearlstein

No to spectacle no to virtuosity no to transformations and magic and make believe no to the uninspired plagiarism of someone else's groundbreaking minimalist manifesto by get this-- inserting the occasional yes where once there was a no and pretending it's something new and meaningful. No to Alix Pearlstein. No no no.

Alix Pearlstein's work seems like is somewhere between 20 and 40 years too late. She poses as an avant-garde thinker addressing some breakthrough issues, but an interpretive piece dealing with the stereotypes of the nuclear family, and visually, a knod to.....the Simpsons? Really? And the grandiose rhetoric infused with obscure references to movements and writers we've never heard of because they belong to our parents' was just enough buildup to render the actual pieces laughable (at, not with).

Simon Johan was a let down when the audience found out he had absolutely nothing to say about his visually engaging series; Pearlstein, on the other hand, said too much. In the end left the audience was left wondering if they were in fact, unknowingly participating in some larger interactive work....

So.....were we?

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