A drone attack enlivened the opening reception for Brad Troemel’s solo show “On View: Selections from the Troemel Collection,” which features collaborations between the Net artist and entertainers like Buckethead, Macaulay Culkin and Bam Margera. While demonstrating a work in which crocheted sweater-like garments were strung together and attached to the ceiling by two drones on pink dog leashes, the Net artist lost control of his creation. After careening into a ceiling light, one of the drones became unleashed and spiraled down, tangling itself in the long hair of an innocent gallery-goer blithely attempting to capture the event on her phone. Laughing in horrified fascination as they took photos (search Instagram for the results), viewers emerged quickly from their encounter with the nostalgic ’90s consumer items populating the show-including Furbies perched atop the Day-Glo stones found on indoor climbing walls-into 21st-century reality.
Brad Troemel, The Jogging cofounder, Post-Internet art theorist and former champion of entirely immaterial work, trots out some very appealing physical objects in his new show, “Live/Work.” As explained in a nicely tongue-in-cheek press release, the show is a charity walk for ants, basically: in several hanging sculptures made of sandwiched acrylic panes, worker ants are tunneling through multicolored gels. The ants are competing, unbeknownst to them, of course, for various nonprofits, from Earth First! to Greenpeace, Wikipedia to PBS, which will get 10 percent of proceeds from the gallery’s sales. The show is basically sold out, says proprietor Tara Downs; upward of $5,000 will go to the three winning charities. Opposite the sculptures hang three novelty oversize checks. You can just see Troemel handing one of them to some scruffy tree-hugger from Earth First!