Art In America

David Horvitz and Penelope Umbrico

at Recess,
41 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

The strength of this exhibition is its provisional feel. Printouts of web pages are tacked to the wall, photographs are poised in corners and stacks of Polaroids of cats are scattered throughout the gallery. In their individual practices, Horvitz and Umbrico are concerned with how images circulate online and acquire new meanings over time. The work they display in the gallery is often only temporarily meant to be viewed as "art." Horvitz uploaded an image of himself with downcast eyes; it was subsequently published on websites around the world as a stock photograph representing depression. The printouts on display to mark the intervention at Recess are like fireflies caught in a jar. In their prosaic form they gesture toward vast and dynamic cultural practices.  

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