Video vérité

By GREG COOK  |  April 1, 2009

It's often said that art is about asking questions and not about finding answers — that answers are too closed, too limiting, too didactic to make good art. Perhaps it's time to challenge that party line. What's valuable about Zmijewski's video is the way it makes manifest the ugly stuff festering in Polish culture. But it just mirrors and even fosters this these attitudes. It doesn't move anything closer to better. Here in a country mired in two wars and a not-so-great depression, maybe it's time for art to begin mulling solutions.

The ICA's other new show, "Momentum 13," presents photos by the Boston-born, Brooklyn–based Eileen Quinlan through July 12. Also organized by Mergel, it features glam kaleidoscopic shots of mirrors and mylar and slatboard that look like retreads of the fractured lines and planes of early modernist abstraction. To prove her formal point Quinlan might, say, present the same shot twice, but the second time smaller and cropped slightly differently. The shiny surfaces and bright reds and blues are sort of pretty, but her formal explorations are tedious old news.

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