The New Yorker

Julian Faulhaber

Dec 02, 2008

by Vince Aletti

The German photographer makes his New York gallery début with big, glossy color pictures of what look like fabricated or computer-generated sites, in the style of Thomas Demand or Oliver Boberg. But these sleek, depopulated spaces—a cinema, a gymnasium, a restaurant, a gas station, a generic office—actually exist. Most of them are pastel or candy-colored and all appear recently built, with no sign of human habitation. No matter how cheery it may appear, Faulhaber’s world is antiseptic and forbidding. These are not designs for living; they’re just shells waiting for the robots to roll in. Through Dec. 20. (Hasted Hunt, 529 W. 20th St. 212-627-0006.)