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Jack and Leigh Ruby, Car Wash Incident, 2013–15, two-channel video projection, color, sound, 35 minutes. Photo: Monia Lippi.

Jack and Leigh Ruby

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Jack and Leigh Ruby, Car Wash Incident, 2013–15, two-channel video projection, color, sound, 35 minutes. Photo: Monia Lippi.

Jack and Leigh Ruby’s Car Wash Incident, 2013–15, directed by the Rubys and produced by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, is a looped two-channel video that blurs the line between reality and fiction. Installed on hanging screens in the middle of Michael Jon Gallery’s recently opened Detroit space, it was based around a staged aerial photo from 1975—depicting three people, a station wagon, and a car-wash sign at a dilapidated urban intersection—which the directors had originally fabricated as supporting evidence for an insurance scam (the two worked as a brother-sister con-artist team from the 1970s until their arrest in 1998). The viewer was allowed to navigate the dimly lit gallery, observing the simultaneously unfolding videos from multiple positions, while an eight-channel sound track of dialogue and ambient noise wafted from seven speakers positioned around the edges of

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