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View of “Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda,” 2012.

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

REDCAT

View of “Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda,” 2012.

Who are Jay & Q? And what have they been doing these past ten years? Nylon flags decorated the walls, each featuring a drawing of two horse heads sporting matching hats, and bearing the same rough script—10 YEARS OF JAY & Q. The gallery floor was comparatively empty, punctuated by three monitors on pedestals and the gallery’s two preexisting structural columns. Via the few artworks physically present, we were encouraged to interpret the show through the artists’ biography, which has spanned so far from their first collaboration (begun in 2002, while they were still students at the Städelschule in Frankfurt) to this, their latest exhibition, staged this past summer at REDCAT. But this celebration was reflexively absurd, tempered by its own mock ambitions (the pedestals carried televisions, while the columns supported a Frank Gehry concert hall). Ready-made strategies, textual

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