Kafka’s “Amerika” is a claustrophobic tale of the casual intrusion of the bizarre in everyday life. For Robert Longo, who has long investigated the Kafkaesque breakdown of our political value system, the current administration provides an abundance of material. His exhibition “Amerika” showcases three large-scale works that offer a scathing critique of the lies and obfuscation of government and the cultural putrefaction that contributes to the breakdown of our institutions. “Death Star”, 2018, a monumental suspended sphere of over 40,000 assault rifle bullets, dramatically exposes the monstrous tragedy and apathetic acceptance of our gun culture. “Icarus Rising”, 2019, a graphic black-and-white film collage, confronts the inscrutability of fake news and the demoralizing numbing effect of disaster reporting. Ominous and frightening, Longo’s monumental monochromatic drawing “Untitled (White House)” 2019, rises in the darkened back gallery. Borrowing from atmospheric effects of the great Romantic painters, Longo frames the neo-classical architecture of the White House in a Hitchcockian perspective amidst a threating horizon that elicits ominous suspense. It aptly pictures a country in the grip of a paralysing wave of alienation and anxiety and its strange and inexorable march towards a place no one wants to go. Quoting from Kafka’s “Amerika” where “At the end of each flight of stairs, another would begin in a slightly different direction”, we are stuck in a self-perpetuating circle where the emergence of a fresh problem every day makes the old one irrelevant. At Metro Pictures through May 25.