New York

Top Changtrakul

Lance Fung Gallery

NOT LONG AGO, uniformed Thai policemen raided Top Changtrakul's tiny studio in the countryside outside Bangkok, confiscated most of his equipment, and hauled him off to jail. Or did they? A video included as part of this show documents the arrest, but the footage was gleefully melodramatic, and the monitor was displayed sideways, hinting that the incident was something the artist might have dreamed up while lying down. Moreover, it was all too easy to recognize Changtrakul's “studio” as another sort of facility: an outhouse.

The spectacle of heavily armed cops staking out a privy may not be everyone's idea of funny, but its Keystone silliness set the tone for the rest of the exhibition. Around the outhouse/studio—imported from Thailand for the occasion—was a gamut of puzzling, often jokey, generally haphazard constructions, ranging from a freestanding wall covered with periodic

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