621 W 27th Street
Jan. 4-Feb. 4, 2012
Is daily life a cubicle hell? The press seems to think so, since the catchy title of this witty group show, "Corporations Are People Too" -- a quote from Republican front-runner Mitt Romney -- has already garnered notices from three publications. Appropriately installed with fluorescent lighting and elevator music (from a 2010 video by Chris Dorland), the exhibition mixes Office Space-type images by contemporary artists Ian Davis, Kota Ezawa, Jacqueline Hassink and Phillip Toledano with classic photos of gaga-eyed Americans and their newly purchased commercial products by Berenice Abbott, Louis Faurer and Dorothea Lange.
A pop-conceptual touch is added by Moscow-born, New York-based artist Yevgenjy Fiks, who exhibits the letters from U.S. corporations -- Exxon Mobil, The Gap, Staples, McDonald’s, you name it -- that he received after offering them a book by Lenin for their “corporate library.” This kind of comedy was pioneered, of course, at OK Harris Gallery in the early 1970s by Don Celender, who died in 2005.