Realm of the Senses

Bag, working with Ethan Kramer, contributes a hilarious video whose French title translates to The Cruel and Curious Life of a Salmonella Pod. Starring a squid-looking puppet, it's a one-of-a-kind horror/snuff/porno/nature documentary melodrama. Given the show's point of view, the salmonella is a demented surrogate for Frederic's silly but enticing adventures. Whatever else this work is, it's categorically alien.

Also very alien is Hannah Greely's Rascal, a full-scale plasticine dog with multiple legs and teeny people on its back. It's Romulus and Remus meets the Trojan Horse meets Disney, and one of those absolutely obvious artworks that remain scrupulously elusive. As good, but more batty, is Deb Lacusta's video, which could be called My Right Foot. It features the artist penning with said ped overwrought Sentimental Education-ish sentences like "Yesterday my heart brimmed over." Lacusta mixes degraded TV sketch comedy with French letters and comes up with something gnarly and bizarre.

Jessica Craig-Martin’s photos (far left) with Hannah Greely’s Rascal (1999) and Rob Pruitt’s Power of the Panda (2000) at Deitch Projects
photo: Robin Holland
Jessica Craig-Martin’s photos (far left) with Hannah Greely’s Rascal (1999) and Rob Pruitt’s Power of the Panda (2000) at Deitch Projects

Urban mythos, autobiography, and precious moments are apparently major subjects for young artists, who have triangulated Peyton's open-ended attitudinal model with Wolfgang Tillmans's unruffled worldliness and Nan Goldin's shoot-your-mouth-off, we-are-the-champions aesthetic. Even though he says he "loathes" it there, Rimanelli—who moved to L.A. a couple of years ago (and doesn't drive)—has identified a number of the area's promising young artists. He also reminds us that we're all provincials in the city.

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