Jordan Wolfson: This Human-Sized Marionette in Chains Is Just Uncomfortable for

A human-sized mix of popular culture figures such as Huckleberry Finn, Howdy Doody, and Alfred E. Neuman hangs by metal chains from a massive scaffolded rig set up inside the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The chains bounce the diabolical animatronic from one edge to another, pulling it up and down, violently smashing it against the ground, then dragging it around in a sinister choreography defined by an unseen computer program. Colored Sculpture, the 2016 work by American artist Jordan Wolfson, evokes the same feeling as that scene from Apocalypse Now, in which a Vietnamese village is bombarded by American helicopters to the tune of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries: artificially generated furor.

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