The mechanized tableau Steve Powers' Waterboard Thrill Ride doesn't last very long so like most things in Coney Island you feel vaguely ripped off. But there's something really wrong with wanting to see more when it comes to watching simulated torture. The piece is perfect in that way. It takes you in, if just a little bit. It makes me ill that we need to have art about this, that there even is a this. This is so depressing. We are the rip-off.
Comment of the day went to the gentleman pictured above. When I asked him what he thought of the piece, he answered like a slightly bemused Grandpa Munster, "It's OK. It's what they do down there, you know."