This week at Time Out New York I discuss Cory Arcangel’s Pro Tools exhibition at The Whitney. Long story short, it’s not good. For a bit of rationale behind that statement, here’s a teaser:
Was no one at the Whitney behind the wheel when planning Cory Arcangel's solo exhibition “Pro Tools”? I ask because so little of the artist's new work has any resonance at all, and the show doesn't present any of his older art. Those who've come looking for Arcangel's iconic Super Mario Bros. hack, which shows only the background clouds, will be sorely disappointed.
There are so many ways this show lets its audience down, it's hard to know where to start. With its explosion of arcade sounds, half-formed thoughts and exhaustive wall texts, the proceedings assault you from the very moment you enter. The artist's chronological series of hacked bowling video games throwing only gutter balls is projected along the entire back wall of one gallery, a display that simply can't enhance the small amount of tee-hee to be had on the subject of failure. Back in the day (around 2003), Arcangel would talk about liking Nintendo Entertainment Systems because of the brightness they achieved compared with the usual colors on your TV set, but here, those differences have been completely muted.
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