This piece was a portion of my multi-channel video installation, "The Fool, The Hierophant, The Devil and the Wheel," as part of Prospect 1.5 New Orleans.
It was reviewed in Art in America (1/11) by Marcia E. Vetrocq, who said: Indeed, for me one revelation was the vitality of video in New Orleans. In “Fresh Off the Turnip Truck” [through Jan. 20] at Madame John’s Legacy, the 18th-century Creole gem on Dumaine Street, the standout is The Fool, The Hierophant, The Devil and the Wheel (2010), a mind-bending installation by Dave Greber (Philadelphia-born, New Orleans-based). Four fever-dream-colored channels conflate two “systems” concerned with the unspooling of destiny: tarot cards, a standard diversion for tourists in nearby Jackson Square (the Devil is incarnated by Greber as a flame-eyed cat whose grinding purr is picked up by a clutch of telephones brandished like reporters’ microphones), and the globally broadcast game show “Deal or No Deal,” from which he borrows the trope of the mystery suitcase that is chosen by the contestant (the Fool in the tarot deck). Here, the suitcase opens to reveal not treasure but glowing apparitions of toxic-looking fruit (an allusion to slot machines?) and sometimes a leaping cat.
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