Cory Arcangel

Art Bärtschi & Cie | Carouge

Slash’s famous guitar riff from the 1987 Guns N’ Roses song “Sweet Child o’ Mine” follows you throughout this solo exhibition by New York artist Cory Arcangel, whose work Sweet 16, 2006, floods the exhibition space with sound. The piece underscores that Arcangel has expanded his focus beyond the manipulation of old computer-game systems. Three of the six works here revolved around music, making it the thematic linchpin of the exhibition.

Over the last several years, Arcangel has developed a reputation for his hacked computer games—he reprograms their consoles and alters the graphics. For his video installation Super Landscape #1, 2005 (not included in this show), Arcangel took Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers and eliminated all the graphic elements, leaving behind only the landscape in the background. Among other things, this structural simplification refers back to several art-historical

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