New York

“Black Acid Co-op”

Deitch Projects

This summer at Deitch Projects, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe transformed the gallery’s Wooster Street space beyond recognition. Constructing a main line into the contemporary American imaginary, the artists fabricated a multilevel compound housing a dense network of replicated spaces that, while known to exist within society, typically operate out of sight and beyond the law. Linked by a series of waiting areas and corridors and overseen by jerry-rigged surveillance equipment, the rooms were evocative of such places as a bare-shelved drug-front store, a dropout commune, meth labs, an underground Chinatown bazaar, and a Met-like gallery space, neatly wainscoted, displaying debris from all of the aforementioned areas as precious relics. An installation so confusingly dense that it appears as the product of its own amphetamine high, Black Acid Co-op, 2009, was (according to the press release)

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