Friday, September 19, 2008

Simmons and Burke's 'You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth'

"You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth" -- or so say the titles of Case Simmons and Andrew Burke's extravagant sound and image collages at Kim Light/LightBox. But would you want to, if this is what it looked like and sounded like, if this is how it made you feel?

The four huge light-jet prints at the heart of the show are the kind of horrifying, magnificent spectacle on which your eyes cannot help but be hungrily, stubbornly fixed. They aren't images of car crashes or natural disasters. They are expressions of the digital present, hellish and heavenly, decadent and sophisticated, frightening and wondrous. This is what we wished for ???

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