Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Richard Mosse, Infra @ Jack Shainman Gallery

I just don’t know. It is hard not to like the rolling bright pink hills or appreciate that Mosse is off in the jungles of the Congo making art with rebels, but the constant pink cast is just so repetitive. I understand the pink cast is from the wacky film that is used to detect camouflage by turning green things pink and he is making art in a place where turmoil has become so expected that few outside of the continent notice it, but it is just so repetitive. The pink backdrop occasionally turns rebel leaders into a fawning, emasculated male-model acting out an over the top version of masculinity, or amplifies the absurdity of a grown man with machine gun while wearing a goodwill Sponge Bob Square Pants t-shirt, but I still can’t get past the desire to see a wider palate, where the psychedelic color choice is more specific to each picture’s content. I just wish Mosse was less attached to the idea of the film stock he is using and paid more attention to the end result of the photograph. That being said, the show is still better than most things you’ll see. It just could have been better.

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Jack Shainman Gallery (513 W 20th St. Btw. 10th & 11th Aves.)


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