The most recent project by the central artist of the so-called "relational aesthetics" movement, Rirkrit Tiravanija, is a staging at New York's Park Avenue Armory of "Oktophonie," a performance of electronic music by the singular, often controversial German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (through Mar. 27). The music, a 70-minute excerpt of the late composer's 29-hour opera "Licht," was intended to be performed in a specially designed chamber with octophonic (8-channel) sound. Tiravanija conceived of a circular stage with a lunar surface to include both the audience and the performers, all-white smocks to be worn by all attendees, and a light show that approximates an eclipse. Read More
In Olaf Breuning's Home trilogy, three half-hour videos released over the past seven years, we are guided by a nameless buffoon played by actor Brian Kerstetter. Rare is a scene without the presence of his face floating before the camera or his bipolar, delusional, egomaniacal and clownish personality.
Like the Swiss-born Breuning, the buffoon is a scruffy, sandy-haired New Yorker around 40 years of age with a penchant for masks and face paint. He's obsessed with the culture around him. In the first film of the trilogy, Home (2004), he holes up in a hotel room and reimagines his life as a collage of film references and anecdotes. Throughout Home 2 (2007), shown at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, he travels the globe, spitting terrible American tourist-speak wherever he goes.
Artist Charlie White is consumed by the phenomenon of the consumerist teenager, particularly the female, who has, since the 1970s, been the prime target for advertising. In "The Sun and Other Stars," his two-person show with photographer Katy Grannan, on view through Oct. 14 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, White offers a wide variety of works reflecting mass-media depictions of adolescence: '90s-style after-school cartoons, documentation from a performance-audition in which he photographed 107 teenage models, and photographs of dolls fabricated to eerily resemble real teenage girls.
June 16, 2012: Visiting the Park Avenue Armory, I discover that Tom Sachs's installation "Space Program: Mars" is up for just one more day. During the past month, Sachs has given three space flight demonstrations, held public breakfasts with Mars scientists, screened films and displayed a fleet of spaceships, rovers, models, and space travel ephemera. This particular day, visitors are not allowed to meander through the exhibition, as they are on most days, but are corralled into a seated area to watch the daylong event, Flight Plan Mars: Demonstration #4 Endurance. According to the pamphlet we are handed—the "libretto"—the demo will include some 37 discrete episodes—including "the sun," "insemination" and "tea ceremony"—and will last for 12 hours, until about midnight.
2012, aluminum, wood, sublimation print on polyester and concrete, 71 3/4 by 122 1/2 by 135 inches overall. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New Yor