New York

Gareth James

Elizabeth Dee

Gareth James’s recent exhibition took as its starting point the iconic photograph of Louis Althusser in front of an inscrutable diagram and the phrase that would become the title of the Marxist philosopher’s autobiography, L’Avenir dure longtemps (The Future Lasts a Long Time). Framed by a bicycle inner tube, a modified print of this image, punningly titled Lui (all works 2009), was paired in the first gallery with Poor neon. Rubber behaves like a one-dimensional gas. (The flower absent from all bouquets), which uses a series of conjoined inner tubes to spell out the Mallarmé quotation in its title. Between these two works were five empty rectangular frames, also constructed from rubber tubing, suspended from the ceiling and theoretically able to rotate freely so as to turn a screw at the bottom of each (hence their title, The screwunscrew).

Given that the show was supposedly about absence

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