Time’s up, pencils down! You’ve had two weeks to see the Seth Price show at Friedrich Petzel, so what’d you think? Personally, we’ve got a few questions we can’t figure out:
- Why, at the very end of “Fire and Smoke”, is an element of doubt added? There’s no reason to believe, from the rest of the story, that the little girl would say anything but ‘no’ to her parents’ question – “Is this the one who led you astray?”. Yet, in the final line – she looks at him, he looks at her – it’s heavily implied that there is some possibility of the little girl choosing to falsely accuse this guy out of, what, pure malice? It’s like a really good ending was taken from an entirely different story and tacked on.
- To what degree is “Fire and Smoke” about the old woman? She’s a not-so-nice person who, through supernatural force and injury, is made into an artist; it’s classic arty material, and it could go somewhere, but the story doesn’t really focus on her. I’m not sure I get why.
- “Non Speech”: how political is this? And if it is political, does it fail by our needing to ask this question?
- “NY Sorrow”: is this piece really as bad as we think it is? Will anyone defend it?
- “Keep Hollywood Close”: is there any interest to this besides what would exist in the original video? It’s been slowed down a bit and has a pretty O.K. song, and I suppose now it’s in a gallery: that’s the total of the changes Price’s made here, other than adding the meaningless first and last few seconds. Do any of those changes make it better?
- We love the display and the design of the exhibition – the coat rack particularly was a very nice touch in terms of making people stick around and finish videos. Does anyone disagree?
Enough of us. Let’s talk about this!