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View of “Marcus Herse,” 2015.

Marcus Herse

Greene Exhibitions

View of “Marcus Herse,” 2015.

Visitors to Greene Exhibitions will likely brave that most persistent of LA clichés: terrible traffic. So those who came for Marcus Herse’s solo show were primed for a suite of six long videos, projected larger-than-life on each of the gallery’s three walls in loops of two, of the artist piloting his car through gridlock. The works were shot using a camera joined to an electric motor mounted to the vehicle’s inner roof, which allowed the lens to swivel from left to right in small, even increments. Herse posits driving as “durational” performance, like Situationist wanderings filmed by an autonomous camera-eye à la Michael Snow’s Région Centrale, 1971. Yet the program here is more masochistic than meandering; Herse keeps his hands at ten and two and doesn’t turn or merge (except when he runs out of lane). Above muffled road noise and the occasional polite tick of the turn signal,

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