Jumping the Shark, Dropping the Penny? Andrew Lamprecht at Blank Projects
Monday, August 06, 2007
So this run of pretty confusing and, dare I say, idiosyncratic shows at Blank is continuing. In the series of one night shows curated by Lily Luz and Carrie Timlin, this was probably the oddest and most inscrutable. Andrew Lamprecht, theorist to the stars, was the artist this time. He claimed that it was a prelude to another show, a teaser. Which is fair enough. But I must admit I just didn't get it. The show consisted of a contract on the one wall with a man called Jacques Rousseau, apparently a poet, exchanging his soul for a carton of Marlboro Lights. A good exchange, I'd say, excepting the contract had not been signed yet. On the long wall was a series of photocopies of what seemed to be alchemical illustrations. On the third wall were the certified results of Andrew, Carrie and Lily's thankfully negative Aids tests. I just didn't follow the connections, unless it was purposefully inchoate. All I can say is either Andrew has jumped the shark with this one, letting his reputation carry him, or the follow up show is going to be an awesome penny-drop thing. I hope it's the latter.