New York

Jim Anderson

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Jim Anderson’s formal lexicon derives from the guitar, which he perverts into all manner of what Duchamp called “objets d’ard,” including sculptures of bedpans, sex toys, and S/M paraphernalia of obscure purpose, to name but a few. In Swan Song (all works 1995), a V-shaped guitar is no longer a prosthetic rock-star penis but has been coaxed into a form simultaneously resembling a swan and a strappado. One of the accompanying videos shows the artist bound to this torture device, the wings of the V pinioning his arms behind his head, the neck of the sculpture sidling down his spine into his ass. All of the works in the exhibition are featured in the continuously playing videos—slickly produced clips that alternate flashes of T&A (both male and female) with dynamic shots of the works. The esthetic is strictly Robin Byrd: upbeat Muzak, strobe lights, bright colors. At what point did the

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