It’s been awhile since I’ve been to New York’s High Line, but the current group exhibition Archeo, about technology and obsolescence, is calling me back. In particular I’m dying to see this clever and snarky installation aimed at contemporary lifestyles by artist Josh Kline entitled “Skittles”.
The piece features an industrial refrigerator stocked with fake juices that resemble those over-priced $10 bottles you find in your local ‘healthy stuff’ store. Kline gives them that familiar look – you know, where a simple list of ingredients serves as the only labeling. There they are all lined up and packaged like color coded, stylized advertising kool-aid. A closer look at the labeling will uncover an ‘unconventional and poetic combinations of ingredients’ Kline feels make up the latest lifestyles we’re all so quick to consume.
“Each smoothie stands as a portrait of a different contemporary lifestyle. When grouped together, they evoke a landscape of aspiration, taste, and – at times – deprivation in a metropolis like New York City.” – Josh Kline
Archeo will stay on the High Line until March 2015.