Critical Writing Index

Private Parts in Public Places

by Andrew J. Paterson

Fuse, Jan. 1989, p. 43

John Greyson's body of work is adapted to create a cinematic piece entitled Urinal. His work employs surveillance video-within-film. Using this expressionistic use of video within his film and post-production that is familiarly video-intrinsic, he creates a montage. Greyson's work critiques the state's regulation of desire and privacy, a community of suspected to be gay artists, and looks to points where private behaviour becomes scrutinized (particular to that of the public washroom). Urinal is a battleground between private language and a public language.

ITEM 1989.070 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Jungle BoyJohn Greyson

Moscow Does Not Believe in Queers

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