For their second New York show, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn exhibited four videos, three dated 2008. This year’s Whitney Biennial saw them widely praised as well, making for an annus pretty mirabilis. Industriousness is apparently their M.O. In key ways, it’s also their subject. The duo continues to develop visions of citizenship and cooperation set in wastelands where concrete and curtain-wall, car batteries and plastic jugs remain, while the lifestyle of which such things are symptoms has collapsed. Far from marking nature/culture oppositions, civilization’s random leftovers—power cables, shopping carts, seedpods, roadkill, pee—have been leveled into a new economy. Everything from bathing to watching television now transpires as communal labor. Thus the four works on view, while discrete, unfold as discontinuous linked narratives.
The centerpiece was All Together Now, 2008, shot in LA’s
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