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Super Sad True Love Story (2014)

Cole Lu


December 6, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Opening reception Saturday, December 6, 7-10 PM

at beverly


There’s nothing wrong with her except she’s completely fucked up. 

— Gary Shteyngart, "Super Sad True Love Story"


Cole Lu’s SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY is just that: taking its title from Gary Shteyngart’s 2010 sci-fi novel — composed primarily of an email exchange between its protagonist and his Asian love-object — Lu’s exhibition sees the dissolution of a past relationship as the embodiment of his star-crossed dystopic future. Here, we find ourselves already and firmly in a world where relationships are experienced less in person than via exchange: of words and commodities, through Googlechat, IKEA order forms, and text-able brand slogans. Meaning is bought and ordered but rarely received, and one’s sense of self is a scripted and curated projection. The most significant loss of all is undoubtably that of true emotion, as we cry through song lyrics and get lost in the pricey mess of too much stuff. Super-sad, indeed: Lu perceives our insatiable desire for contact as a series of misapprehensions, where feelings are best confirmed through accumulations in inboxes, storage facilities and virtual accounts.

— Jessica Baran


single-channel video, color, sound, 15:52 mins, 2014

iMessage extraction, performed by Catalina Ouyangvideo by Cole Lu