View of “Erika Vogt,” 2013.

Erika Vogt

New Museum

View of “Erika Vogt,” 2013.

At the New Museum this past summer, Erika Vogt presented Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll, 2013, a project at once austere and enigmatic. Related to her 2012 installations The Engraved Plane and Grounds and Airs, shown last year at Simone Subal Gallery in New York and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, respectively, the work was framed in the exhibition wall text as an extension of the artist’s interest in the subject of exchange. Yet in actuality, this theme felt sidelined here, subsumed within a more wide-ranging, albeit oblique, poetic reflection on the transformative nature of the studio.

Near the center of the installation, five monitors play hyperactive looped digital videos largely composed of briefly flashing still images and short clips; oftentimes images are layered one atop the other, adding to the frenetic effect. One video focuses on axes and rotation: We see a reel

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