Robert Longo’s Amerika marks the beginning of a two-part exhibition by the artist and is a continuation of his Destroyer Cycle series, an investigation into the politics of power, futility, and aggression. Longo will open the second part of the exhibition, Fugitive Images, in November at Metro Pictures.
Amerika consists of three large-scale works that reflect the fraught events dominating the current U.S. news cycle. Entering the gallery, the viewer is confronted by Longo’s Death Star 2018, a monumental sculpture that responds to the exponential proliferation of mass shootings in the United States. The rear gallery features a chilling, three-panel charcoal drawing of the White House rendered in the artist’s uncompromising technique. In the upstairs gallery, an immersive film installation incorporates iconic imagery extracted from the media––some of which Longo has used as source material for his extraordinary charcoal drawings.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)