“Easy pieces” is Brooklyn-based artist Mika Rottenberg's first New York solo museum exhibition. The exhibition contains several video, installations and kinetic sculptures. With subject matter such as overwhelmingly packed Chinese shops, pearl farmers dissecting pearl shells, and whipping ponytails, she created an uneasy feeling for the viewers.
The whole exhibition is like an unsolved puzzle, I can’t help but to try put each element into some order. She chooses everyday objects such as potatoes on dinning table and places them in the context of potato farm in Maine where millions of potatoes are dumping from a bin to create an unsettling yet overwhelming dreamlike environment making viewers rethink their own relationships with products they possess. The exhibition design was well thought out; for the piece “No Nose knows"(2015), the viewer enters through a storage and display area of a pearl factory. this installation area brings the physical distance close to the audience in an unfamiliar setting. Overall, I am dazzled by the surreal feeling that the exhibition provide and the internal connection of consumerism and labor.