Featured Review: Louis Cameron: Heineken

Louis Cameron: Heineken This digital video loop — the latest installment in the Saint Louis Art Museum's New Media Series — finds painterly abstraction in the wash of consumer culture. Brooklyn-based Cameron scanned a six-pack of Heineken, elongated the image to maximum verticality, then set it in a perpetual, slow scroll. The result is a vivid striation of green, white and black that evokes both the classic aesthetics of second-generation modernists like Clyfford Still and Barnett Newman and the hypnotic effects of contemporary visual hyperstimulation, as induced by, say, browsing a big-box store. With its mute, patient and intimate inspection of its otherwise mundane subject, the piece suggests an underlying elegance in the otherwise accosting cacophony of brands, advertisements and products. Through March 29 at the Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive (in Forest Park); 314-721-0072 or www.slam.org. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. (10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.).

A still from Louis Cameron's Heineken.
image courtesy Louis Cameron
A still from Louis Cameron's Heineken.

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