But then there's Franklin Evans's balcony installation. He stretches tape, in various shades, from the gallery balcony to floor. He tapes what looks to be the script to the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet to the floor. He also tapes the script to what seems to be some performance art from balcony to floor. It includes a notation that the characters "wear little round glasses like [New York Times critic] Roberta Smith and [her husband, New York magazine critic] Jerry Saltz." Can art about art critics be anything more than art insider wankery? Michael Majerus paints an adjoining wall with the deep-thought slogan: "What looks good today might not look good tomorrow."

It looks like the participating artists had good fun with this parlor game, but viewers may find it to be the art equivalent of walking into a place the morning after a party you didn't attend and finding no one has gotten around to cleaning up the beer bottles, cigarette butts, and dried puke. And generic droning electronic music continues playing on repeat.

Scatter Art does reflect something deep in our culture today: our shallow, credit card-fueled consumption of artificially-flavored, mass-produced junk; our glitzy, squalid, soulless bimbo Jersey Shore America. It's stuff I usually find irritating and depressing, but it's definitely worth examining. Unfortunately, "Collision" doesn't investigate this spirit in America; it just mimics it. Maybe it's a symptom of it. So it is irritating and depressing too.

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