PRINT December 2006

Jessica Morgan

1 Mario Ybarra Jr. (“Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo/Serpentine Gallery, London/Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY) Ybarra excelled in his double contribution to this otherwise confused exhibition. In Oslo and at Bard he presented Dance to the Beat of a Different Drum Machine, 2005, a vast assemblage of flyers and mix tapes collected in the early 1990s by his friend DJ Haven Perez, as well as interviews with participants in the West Coast rave scene. Ybarra’s eye for subcultures’ design aesthetics was also apparent in London, in his collaboration with Karla Diaz, The Peacock Doesn’t See Its Own Ass/Let’s Twitch Again: Operation Bird Watching in London—a nonconformist ornithologists’ club situated appropriately in the park setting of the Serpentine Gallery. Both installations reinterpreted the

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