New York

Chris Wilder

Roger Merians Gallery

Wrapping the gallery in foil as if it were a great big gift, L.A.–based artist Chris Wilder created a shiny, happy, reflective environment in which the not necessarily shiny and happy New York public could contemplate a group of peculiarly attractive paintings. The experience of Chill Out, 1995, was smoothed out by the eclectic sounds of a CD made in collaboration with fellow Los Angeleno T. Kelly Mason (which featured a compilation of excerpts from such disparate and relatively obscure sources as Spiro T. Agnew Speaks Out and Action Stereo! Adventures in Stereo Sound Effects), and one section of the gallery was even furnished with white fake-fur pillows, a scattering of books, and a small video projection called “Red Bubbles”—the title says it all. Wall-to-wall blue carpeting provided the finishing touch to this charming packaging of hipness.

Although Wilder’s low-tech multimedia

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