Did you attend the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, probably the best of this weekend’s many excellent big free art events? If so, I hope you stopped by the Badlands Unlimited stand at the very end of the school’s south wing on the ground floor, which featured one of the fair’s unfortunately few really creative installations (props to Williamsburg’s Cinders Gallery for also making the most of their awkward corner space). The installation was created by Paul Chan, who premiered three ebooks and two paper books with Badlands during the fair, and spoke on Sunday afternoon. It featured the most adorable little orange-jumpsuited detainees you’ve ever seen cowering in a prison cell corner. Full view after the jump. No toddlers were harmed during the making of this installation.
Previously you might have seen Chan’s shadowy work in his solo show at the New Museum in 2008 or in Haunted at the Guggenheim earlier this year, both of which featured his trademark silhouette projections, neither of which included symbolically tortured tots. Unfortunately no word on where one can purchase the adorable “The Cutest Detainee” onesie, but obviously, it would make a great secret Santa gift for that expecting co-worker.