Liz Magic Laser, Primal Speech (2016). Mixed media installation with single-channel video. Exhibition view: Group Exhibition Evidence, Metro Pictures, New York (7 June–27 July 2018). Courtesy Metro Pictures.
I haven’t seen anyone capture our current state of disconnect better than Josh Kline does in Evidence, a show of work by seven artists, himself included, that he curated for Metro Pictures. In the front room, Oto Gillen’s handsome photographs of ominous Wall Street skyscrapers and Allyson Vieira’s apocalyptically cheery wall-mounted arrows made of reconditioned plastic garbage flank Paul Pfeiffer’s two video installations Desiderata (1972) and Desiderata 2017. In them, Mr. Pfeiffer has edited out both the sound and the host from clips of the game show The Price is Right to create a picture of American life as a candy-coloured existential casino with no clear rules or endpoint. Particularly striking is the innocent self-regard on the contestants’ faces as they contemplate their hypothetical prizes.