MySpace, Facebook, Twitter—the digital world is rife with self-indulgent autobiographies bedecked with glitter and schmaltz, broken down into convenient, bit- sized segments like “heroes,” “favorite books,” “status” and “about me.” Now one need not even connect to the Internet to get a heavy dose of introspection with Sadie Harmon’s “New Works” at Around the Coyote Gallery. Harmon’s multimedia installation is prefaced by “A Helpful Guide”—sharpie-scrawled, numbered notes written on the gallery wall, presumably intended to introduce her audience to the brightly colored installations which follow. The installations, which feature materials like pompon balls, ruled notebook paper and rainbow glitter, ostensibly chronicle Harmon’s concept of an artist’s creative process; in reality, they are a color-coded guide to Harmon herself, from her love/hate relationship with Jay Z to her collection of National Geographic collaged and straight-pinned to the walls. “A Few Things About Myself,” the title of a blindingly orange installation featuring her family tree (“from memory”) and ballpoint pen sketches of various celebrities, is a label that could easily be applied to every piece in the exhibition, the self-involved nature of which quickly transitions from impish to puerile in its redundancy. Unfortunately, Harmon’s vainglorious installation is replete without even a hint of irony, reducing a potentially critical look at society’s narcissism into another indulgent personal profile, one on which the comments page is still to come. (Jaime Calder)
Through July 5 at Around the Coyote Gallery, 1935 1?2 W. North.