Milk Flows Like White Lava in Jeremy Everett’s “Floy”

Feb 27, 2016 12:00AM

It’s hard to imagine something as grand as Jeremy Everett’s Floy (2015) taking place anywhere other than America. What appears to be a sheet of snow turns out to be milk spilling from an overturned truck—gallons upon gallons of milk, spreading over the ground like white lava. The whole process was filmed from a helicopter, resulting in a four-minute double-channel video. A shiny piece hacked off from the truck takes center stage in Everett’s solo exhibition at Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong.

In a nod to the land art movement of the late 1960s, Everett’s video is less a rallying call than pure depiction of the effect a man-made intervention might have on the natural landscape. The milk will eventually disappear, but it has already made its mark on the landscape.

Near the hefty Floy remnant, Everett expresses a delicate tonal abstractionist style by dispersing smoke pigments onto canvases via a pump. A strong sense of materiality runs through the gossamer-like pieces. Faint outlines of crosses hint at the support structures behind the large canvases—ghostly evidence of the art-making process. And the smoke-pigment pumps, are they art in themselves or merely tools along the way?

In Untitled (Fountain) (2016), pink-tinted water gurgles inside a plastic bag. Some of the liquid has seeped through the bag during the course of the exhibition, tainting the gallery floor with dots of pink. The puddle looks like a living organism, not unlike the flowing white mass in Floy—another instance of liquid freeing itself from its container.

—Christie Lee

“Jeremy Everett: Floy” is on view at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, Feb. 3–Mar. 12.

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