Mika Rottenberg’s Surreal New Museum Show Includes a Work Inspired by ASMR and a Potato Farm—See Images Here
See the unsettling installations and films by the American artist, whose boundless imagination reveals the absurdity in capitalism.
“Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces”
New Museum, New York, on view through September 15, 2019
What the Museum Says: “Employing absurdist satire to address the critical issues of our time, Rottenberg creates videos and installations that offer subversive allegories for contemporary life… Together, the works in the exhibition trace central themes in Rottenberg’s oeuvre, including labor, technology, distance, energy, and the interconnectedness of the mechanical and the corporeal.”
Why It’s Worth a Look: It is true that, to really appreciate a film by Mika Rottenberg, you’ve got to experience the whole thing, from start to finish. The surreal connections between the strange factory scenes of NoNoseKnows, where the manufacture of pearls is linked, in a dream-like way, to a woman who sneezes plates of Chinese food from her huge nose, is part of the fun. The artist’s brand new video Spaghetti Blockchain conjures associations between “Tuvan throat singers in Siberia, the CERN antimatter factory, a potato farm in Maine, and ASMR-inducing tabletop vignettes.”
But even just taken as stills here, you get a sense of the unsettling appeal of Rottenberg’s odd, free-associative world. And in addition to the various moving image works, the show is worth checking out for some wonderfully weird installation elements (many of them sculptures previously seen elsewhere at venues including Goldsmiths and the Palais de Tokyo): ceiling fans glimpsed through cut-outs in the wall and animated lips, or animatronic fingers and ponytails poking from openings into the galleries.
What It Looks Like:
“Mike Rottenberg: Easypieces” is on view through September 15, 2019.
The New Museum is located 235 Bowery, New York.
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