New York

Sergio Prego

Lehmann Maupin | New York, W 22 Street

In Italo Calvino’s 1967 story “The Chase,” a desperate car pursuit is slowed to a snail’s pace when hunter and quarry become mired in a traffic jam. It’s a scenario that one imagines Spanish artist Sergio Prego might appreciate, his manipulations of time and space reaching for a similarly paradoxical flavor. Prego’s recent exhibition, his first at Lehmann Maupin, comprised two videos and two sculptures, all of which confound—to varying degrees—our tendency to distill a chaotic visual world into manageably consistent images and to simplify patterns of events into linear sequences.

Prego’s most recent video, 10° to 0° (all works 2006), shares the highway setting of Calvino’s tale, but more directly references Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solyaris (1972). Tarkovsky’s film, of course, is set in the future, but the portions that take place on earth were shot without benefit of “futuristic” set dressing;

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