Nothing is more contemporary than retro, the self-aware salvaging of a recent past that is the subject of nostalgia while many of its qualities and questions remain current. The collaborative duo of Chicago artists Robert Davis + Michael Langlois have their version of late 1960s psychedelia so down pat that their exhibition “Looking into the Rays” provided that giddy Austin Powers–like subsumption into a charmed past, though here with some intimations of dissonance and dread. For Davis + Langlois, the late ’60s are every bit as much Altamont as Woodstock.
The exhibition took its name from a screen print the artists made in 2006 for an exhibition in Germany in collaboration with Rashid Johnson (as guest artist, he showed a single work in this exhibition as well). In it there’s a roundel fish-eye photograph of the three artists resurrecting the poses from a famous poster of the Jimi Hendrix
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