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Samara Golden, Actions Reflect, 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view.

Samara Golden

Night Gallery

Samara Golden, Actions Reflect, 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view.

Four, maybe five scenes made up Samara Golden’s sprawling exhibition “Mass Murder,” though clear boundaries were not easily distinguishable. One room spilled into the next, and sounds bled through the walls. The overall effect was disorienting, at times delirious, and scenes may not have appeared quite the same going as they did coming. I call them scenes, though one might think that environments, situations, or tableaux would serve just as well. But there was a heightened theatricality to the exhibition, a gruesome domestic drama, at once high camp and genuinely unsettling.

With its gloomy mood lighting and sinister sound track (featuring toy pianos, hissing radios, and the score from Apocalypse Now played backward), “Mass Murder” resembled nothing so much as a haunted house. Golden revels in the hokeyness attendant in such ghoulish effects and the sentimentality implicit in this

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