James Hoff: Skywiper

2 November – 21 December 2014, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

By David Everitt Howe

Skywiper, 2014 (installation view). Courtesy the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

There’s something a little schizophrenic about James Hoff’s Skywiper, which looks like a feelgood painting show but is actually a big, fat middle finger to the medium. With a cuntiness that makes me clap my hands and wiggle my hips, Hoff declared, in a recent BOMB interview, that abstract painting was a ‘kind of culturebound illness’. Thus, in Skywiper, he ruthlessly subjects the genre to common computer viruses – either Skywiper or Stuxnet, both of which have infected computer systems in…

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