What is New York artist Jordan Wolfson saying with his violently brilliant new work, Colored Sculpture? The single, and singular, sculptural work is the sole ingredient of a current show at New York’s David Zwirner gallery; and is an eerie assemblage of pop culture reference points.
The work centres around the freak sibling of American icons Howdy Doody; Mad magazine cover boy, Alfred E. Neuman; and Child’s Play‘s Chucky; and sees their creepy cuteness ramped up to bizarre new levels — the life-sized oddity thrashing around on chains suspended by a mechanised gantry, in a crucifixion-inflected ceremony.
Most disconcerting is the facial recognition tech, which sees visitors tracked and spooked as the disjointed choreography plays out; its eyes, too, engaging technology by using fibre-optics to display imagery and video footage … dark overtones of consumerism adding to an already troubling affair. Iconography; advertising; the internet; and tech trends, Wolfson’s dark dancing puppet show is a work of depth and drama. What is New York artist Jordan Wolfson saying with his violently brilliant new work, Colored Sculpture? Who knows — but it is visceral, and arresting, and frenzied, and brilliant.
Jordan Wolfson, Colored Sculpture, continues at David Zwirner, New York, until 25 June.