The news corpus above is part of a new artwork by Gustav Metzger shown in a small basement space in New York’s Lower East Side. E-flux, at 41 Essex St., is right near not one but two Orthodox Jewish ephemera shops and the Pickle Guys, where school kids line up for half-sours among barrels of brined turnips and pineapple chunks.
At e-flux, “the viewer is invited to cut out articles related to the topics ‘credit crunch,’ ‘extinction,’ and ‘the way we live now’ ” and put them up on the wall. The piece is called Mass Media: Today and Yesterday.
How many words is a picture of a thousand newspapers worth?
We’re in a pickle, aren’t we.