Critical Writing Index

Art that weeps, sings and bleeds: If you're interested in the extremes of the psyche, this is the art show for you. Just don't bring the children, Sarah Milroy writes

by Sarah Milroy

The Globe and Mail, June 11, 2007

Sarah Milroy provides a thorough overview on the extremes of self-portraiture and emotion in the show, Auto Emotion. Grappling with loss due to heartbreak or war of with the usage of video and photographic media, Sophie Calle's Exquisite Pain (Countdown), Marina Abramovic's The Onion and Adrian Paci's The Mourner are salient videos that exploit the video medium to explicitly convey internal psychological states. Other works also deal with altered state of consciousness, mental pathology and self-healing. However, Milroy comments that the Power Plant Gallery flawed in showing previously exhibited work by Andrea Fraser--despite its impressiveness---and its inclusion of one thematically irrelevant work (Wohnseifer's painting and video).

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Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The OnionMarina Abramovic

Exquisite Pain (Countdown)Sophie Calle

The MournerAdrian Paci

Live to TellBenny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Halcion SleepRodney Graham

The PresentEijia-Liisa Ahtila

Ground ControlEijia-Liisa Ahtila

LyricBenny Nemerofsky Ramsay

32 Days to UnhappinessSophie Calle

Lips of ThomasMaria Abromovic