Exhibition view: Jordan Wolfson, Riverboat song, David Zwirner, New York (2 May–30 June 2018). © Jordan Wolfson. Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner, New York/Hong Kong, and Sadie Coles HQ, London.
We hear Riverboat song (2017-2018) before we see it. The first view of Jordan Wolfson's sixteen-channel video installation is of its back, a hulking mass of wires, monitors and media players arranged in an upright grid on purple carpet that covers the gallery floor. Suspense is built into the approach: one has to round the corner of this monolith to access the main event. The other visitors can be seen before the video itself, an inversion of movie theaters where spectators silhouette the image. They react to Riverboat song with nervous laughter and grimaces, mirroring the video's absurd and explicit content.