Critical Writing Index

Mike Hoolboom's Letters from Home side steps AIDS clichés

by Bart Testa

POV, Summer 1997, no. 32, p. 35

A review of Mike Hoolboom's Letters From Home, mainly in comparision to his early piece Frank's Cock. Testa feels that although Hoolboom deals with AIDS, he is able to sidestep the usual clichés. Testa also mentions that Hoolboom's video Frank's Cock was, at first, quite impressively done, but re-watching it left something to be desired. It was a break through work that quickly became dated.

ITEM 1997.083 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Letters From HomeMike Hoolboom

Frank's CockMike Hoolboom

The Art of Worldly WisdomBruce Elder