Wednesday, May 13, 2009
"Hello, Dave" by L, mixed media
In Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, mankind is sent on a sort of scavenger hunt to the cosmos, in search of the entity responsible for the placement of the evolution-inspiring monoliths. The search is powered by human-created technology in the form of the wisecracking HAL9000 computer. What transpires is a battle for evolutionary control between man and machine. The art world’s resident ghost in the machine, L, offers her take on the never-ending story in “Hello, Dave.” Look all you want, the artist teases, and you’ll end up right where you began. By placing the coyly smiling child inside the astronaut’s helmet, L takes a direct stab at one of the most famous images from the film. But instead of a mind-bended space captain peering into the void, L’s child radiates playful, all-knowing innocence: all of and none of the questions are answered here. And that, says L, is the closest we’ll ever get. Take heed, NASA.