New York

Angus Fairhurst and Lothar Hempel

Anton Kern Gallery

Angus Fairhurst’s and Lothar Hempel’s two-person show drew much of its energy from its location: not only from the optimism represented by a brand-new gallery, but from the chameleon energy of SoHo, now filled with gourmet shops, high-end boutiques, and pedestrian-glutted sidewalks, which has prompted many dealers to relocate to relatively quiet Chelsea.

Fairhurst’s installation, consisting of remnants from a performance by the artist’s band, Low Expectations, was completely adrift as sculpture, or even as art for that matter, much in the way the artifacts of early Happenings made relatively little sense the day after the event. Reportedly, the night of their live performance, Low Expectations packed the gallery far beyond legal occupancy and cranked the volume to produce the sort of sticky close encounter that drives “adult listeners” away in droves. The much more manageable video

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