I went back to look at the "Infinite Fill Show" today and took some more pictures; I'll be putting them up gradually. This one came out blurry and I feel in all good conscience I should reshoot it, but I'm posting it anyway. It's an installation by Leif Ritchey, very easy to overlook down at your feet, in a corner. Yes, it's a zen rock garden with a black and white pine cone, beans, and raked sand, an elegant (but still somewhat lowbrow) counterpoint to all the digital brut up at eye-level. Ritchey's an analog guy, and I've been playing his video "Flatbush Windows" over and over and showing it to friends. I found it on the Nautical Almanac-related compilation Eyes of the Mind (which I've been meaning to write about--it's awesome). The video is as understated as this piece--grainy bits of one-step-removed footage shot off an awkwardly framed TV screen, depicting trees blowing in the wind, people walking up and down the sidewalk, clunky jump cuts of a pair of women's shoes (decorated with beads? I have to watch it again), with a soundtrack of jazz and quiet techno that's somewhat tinny, like it's wafting in from another room. The best kind of Cagean work, strangely gripping for being so ephemeral.
Ritchey's little out-of-the-way garden looks good. Funny it's something I would more likely expect to see this way [Japan -ed.]--a little toy car navigating the bump of a door-jam kindly had someone, the artist set up little ramps on each side for easier traveling, or a quirky work of Tokyo artist Pol Malo--you can see an image here (image 1) is great but maybe you have to know that these mirrors are a girl's best friend. If it's not a keitai in their face it's one of these mirrors. The fourth image (image 4) has a more universal feel, and may be a neat little counter-part to Ritchey's Zen-wack.
do you have a link for the video?
The Eyes of the Mind VHS tape, including Ritchey's piece, is offered for sale on Nautical Almanac's site here. I highly recommend it.