New York

Bruno Peinado

Parker's Box/Swiss Institute–Contemporary Art

Having landed simultaneous exhibitions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, French artist Bruno Peinado took advantage of the geographical opposition to launch a site-specific investigation of duality, reflection, and inversion. Although the two shows were discrete entities, they became decidedly more interesting when viewed in relation to one another.

“Why Style,” Peinado’s exhibition at the Swiss Institute, riffed on Wild Style, Charlie Ahearn’s 1982 docudrama about the budding hip-hop movement in the South Bronx. Untitled, Vanity Flight Case, 2005, loomed totemically at the center of the pitch-black gallery. A large mirrored skull mounted on a rotating turntable, it reflected circles of light that swirled around the space. The pedestal for this glamorous memento mori was a black trunk of the kind typically used to transport DJ equipment. Enhanced by a fog machine, it was an enticing setup, a

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