Brooklyn Artist Cory Arcangel Debuts Bowling Video Game Installation (UPDATED)

02/14/2011 12:11 PM |

Cory Arcangel installation in London

Update: Cory Arcangel‘s above-pictured installation of bowling games spanning video game history, Beat the Champ, now on view at London’s Barbican Art Gallery, will be making its New York premiere at the Whitney Museum—which co-commissioned the work by the Brooklyn-based new media artist—where he’ll be having an early-career survey this spring (at age 33!). The exhibition, Pro Tools (May 26-September 11), will include this new piece and a selection of earlier prints, drawings, games and videos. Arcangel’s really bowling all strikes of late.

The young Brooklyn-based art star (and creator of amusing Tumblrs) Cory Arcangel—whose large color gradient you might have seen hanging at the New Museum’s Generational show, for instance—is doing it big overseas: yesterday he premiered an epic new piece at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, which makes Feng Mengbo’s Long March at PS1 look like a short walk.

The new installation in the Barbican’s Curve space, Beat the Champ, features adjacent wall-sized projections of 14 bowling video games spanning the entire history of the medium, from an Atari game from the 70s to a recent Playstation game. He’s hacked each console (which are also on display) so that each pixelated bowler bowls a scoreless game, making for an absurd perpetual motion machine of bright colors, swinging bodies and messages of disappointment. The piece was co-commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, which, hopefully, will bring the installation to New York soon please? (ArtDaily, photo: Eliot Wyman)