Washington, D.C.

Tabor Robak, Guts, 2019, aluminum extrusion, expanded aluminum sheet, LED neon, UV-printed brushed aluminum frame, hardware, cables, 96 × 84 × 3 1⁄2". Photo: Johnny Fogg.

Tabor Robak

Von ammon co.

Four rectangular video screens mounted at the top of Tabor Robak’s MiniJumbo, 2019, played ticker-like news streams of text that breezed by, familiar and forgettable: SMOOTH SAILING WITH ONLINE BANKING, for example, or LOOKING FOR ANSWERS? BIBLE. The literal meanings of these phrases are so anodyne that one couldn’t help but try to decrypt the deeper meaning of his expansive video installations.

“MENTAL,” the artist’s solo show at von ammon co and the gallery’s inaugural outing, was full of text and meta-text. On the four larger screens of Robak’s miniature Jumbotron, which hung from the ceiling in this Georgetown warehouse space, the videos read like PowerPoint decks, full of clichés, but the animations quivered with the frenetic energy of a pinball machine or with the throb of creative anxiety. UP AND COMING ARTS DISTRICT TIME, read one bubble-lettered phrase, which appeared for a split

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