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View of “Nikolas Gambaroff,” 2012.

Nikolas Gambaroff

Overduin & Co.

View of “Nikolas Gambaroff,” 2012.

Last September, Ei Arakawa commenced his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, “I am an employee of UNITED, Vol. 2,” at Overduin and Kite (Volume One preceded at Galerie Neu in Berlin), with a performance skewering the model of the peregrine, contemporary artist, who racks up frequent-flier miles en route to the far-flung venues where he carries out cultural services. The opening event involved a host of actions, including Arakawa alongside fellow New York artist and collaborator Nikolas Gambaroff and others hoisting and manipulating mannequins while slotting Gambaroff’s painting panels into exposed wall niches. The sundry materials employed during this live installation of sorts were left behind, thereby concretizing themes of transit and exhaustion. (None too subtly, the tired mannequins came to rest in wooden chairs, contemplating a scrim painted to reproduce that of the 1910

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