new-york

Saul Ostrow

Bykert Gallery, Downtown

Saul Ostrow’s An Introduction to an Indoctrination (For B. Brecht) is a spare didactic installation with audio tapes, an attempt to embody a moment of political consciousness through a simple series of choices you make about how to approach the work. Coming into the gallery, you get a choice of two doors facing each other across an alcove inset into a temporary wall. There’s a tape playing here too: “You are free. You are free to choose from what is offered.” Ostrow calls it “a cluing device, a comparison between an absolute and a conditional.” I thought it was vestigial since I don’t need to be clued to go into an exhibition. Anyhow, your choice of a door to go through is revealed when you’re inside as a kind of first stage political decision. If you go through the right door, you find yourself closer to the tape which advises resignation, accommodation to what you can’t change, and

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