Deitch Projects is by far the most consistently inconsistent gallery in the city. Continually trumpeting subcultures and trends as though creative expression alone were enough to constitute art, the gallery swings blindly in the search for good art, occasionally connecting with a legitimate artist. What is odd about Deitch Projects is that they land just enough excellent exhibitions to eliminate being dismissed as an accidental success. There is some significant talent behind the mechanisms of this gallery, but I’m not going to pretend I have any idea how it can coexist with the rest of that ship wreck.
The long and the short of all this preamble is that I can’t figure how they have managed to identify and persuade Michel Gondry, a man with actual talent, to exhibit at their gallery. But this is all part of the Deitch mythology, which means we must accept it for the mystery it is and move on. Gondry’s exhibition, The Science of Sleep; an exhibition of sculpture and pathological creepy little gifts, coincides the release of his new movie, The Science of Sleep, and I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing both regardless of what gallery the installation is launched in. The press release tells us that the exhibition is suppose to provide the experience of the movie in three dimensions, which leaves this piece looking like it could be any where from really good, to really stupid. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if it rivals new Phillips technology. Ooh the marvels of modern technology…its got staying power equal to a stick of gum.*
Opens September 6th.
* I am of course referring to interest, not necessarily use – as it turns out the toaster has endured the better part of the century.