Post #1046 • September 5, 2007, 5:54 PM • 8 Comments
Los Angeles - I hesitate to say too much about the Tim Hawkinson's show at the Getty, as I saw, but did not hear, the installation that trivialized the four other works by the artist on display. Überorgan sprawled through the Getty's entrance hall, resembling a giant squid rendered abstractly in kitchen trash bags and reclaimed ductwork, and it was meant to play a score recorded player-piano style on a long roll of paper. (They have a recording at the exhibition link above.) The rest of the show consisted of a bat made out of melted plastic, an animal skeleton formed from little rowing men, a big, wiggly, dragon-ish ink drawing, and a photomontage of an octopus in which images of the artist's lips served as tentacle suckers. Likable stuff, but minor, especially in comparison with Überorgan, and too diverse to cohere as a room. Clearly he should have made the whole space into an undersea scene depciting creatures formed in the same manner as the octupus.