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Mark Leckey, GreenScreenRefrigerator, 2010, still from a color video, 17 minutes 5 seconds.

Mark Leckey

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Mark Leckey, GreenScreenRefrigerator, 2010, still from a color video, 17 minutes 5 seconds.

In the annals of inhalation, we’d have to count Miley Cyrus’s recent hallucinogenic hit and Bill Clinton’s pot dabble (and denial) among the more infamous entries. But Mark Leckey’s might be the most, well, intoxicating. During a brief performance inaugurating his latest work, GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction, 2010, the artist draped himself in a sheet and apparently took a lungful of coolant. He drew in deeply. Why? Perhaps to better unite with the thing standing next to him: a humming, immaculate black Samsung refrigerator—part obdurate Tony Smith cube, part Kubrickian monolith, part ’00s bachelor-pad machine. Flows of ether and energy permeated artist and appliance, conjuring a contact high, a heady system that could never function smoothly or reach homeostasis.

The icebox also spoke. Leckey recorded the refrigerator live against a green-screen backdrop; the video feed was

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