new-york

Barry Gerson

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

Arteries can harden and get clogged. Not Barry Gerson’s Arteries, though—meaning in this installation of film and sculpture is so fluid as to make the work virtually hemophilic: at the least poke it leaks out all over the place. That “arterial” may denote “a channel with many branches,” according to Webster, seems appropriate. When puzzling out the implications of the work, the viewer is faced with so many choices of indeterminate outcome that it’s possible to lose all sense of direction and end up going in circles, like the blood in the body human, which stars in this spectacle. Could that be the point?

Two structures stand in a darkened room. Both are painted black. One is a narrow, high box without a front panel, on legs; the other is triangular, like the corner of a room, also on legs. Inside the first unit, on its back wall, runs a film showing red liquid pumping through tubes. Onto

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