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Paddy Johnson at Art Agenda: Kai Althoff At Gladstone Presents Punkt, Absatz, Blümli” (period, paragraph, Blümli)

by Paddy Johnson on February 22, 2011
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There's something slightly strange about walking into an installation designed to look like a homemade living room in every way but the lighting. In the case of Kai Althoff at Gladstone Gallery, the cement floor painted bright yellow doesn't exactly scream domesticity either, but the artist has integrated enough interior design elements that the florescent lights hanging from the lowered ceiling is disconcerting. Why arrange a raised nappy rug, a series of paintings in the style of Otto Dix and George Grosz, and a dividing wall of painted plaster mugs as if they were part of a household if they are to be lit like a gallery object in”¦ a Subway sandwich store?

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