Michael Landy: H2NY is a pseudo-documentation of the mad-scientist Jean Tinguely’s big hurrah at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960, Homage to New York, a machine which was supposed to self-destruct but didn’t quite finish the job, instead spitting fire and wild jerks of movement until firemen put it out.
Landy, with a gifted illustrator’s touch, makes loving drawings of the machine in all its permutations. Full of detail and charm, each drawing is a hip surrealist throwback into the winking-eyed vintage postmodernism of Tinguely’s aesthetic. Adding to the Museum of Jurassic Technology-like artful reframing of history, remnants of Tinguely’s machine sit primly in the center of the room as if to say, this happened and kiddo, you missed the show.
Michael Landy: H2NY
Alexander and Bonin
Tuesday, February 20 – Saturday, March 31, 2007