Tova Mozard, The Big Scene, 2010, video
Guest curators Markús Þór Andrésson and Chen Tamir feature an impressive array of Canadian and international artists in Emotional Blackmail, an exploration of the communicability of emotion through art, now on exhibit at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. The dominant themes here are the inadequacy of language (Benny Nemerofsky-Ramsay and Aleesa Cohene's The Same Problem), staged intimacy as slapstick (Meiro Kuzumi's Human Opera XXX), personal boundary-loss through the social body (Hadley + Maxwell's Silly Love Songs) and the declaration of sincerity (Amie Siegel's My Way 1 and My Way 2). One particularly affecting work is Tova Mozard's The Big Scene, a video in which a daughter, mother, and grandmother fluently discuss years of resentment to a therapist while in dressing-room gowns. Their roles shift and boundaries mix as emotions are vented throughout.
Also on view is Milutin Gubash's Situational Comedy. He presents via the sitcom format a different take on staged intimacy. In collaboration with friends and family, Gubash mixes mockumentary with canned laughter in the video Born Rich, Getting Poorer, a collection of day-to-day sketches of family life and historical reenactments of his parents' honeymoon. The artist reveals himself to be a natural physical comedian as his internal dialogue of anxiety chases each daily drama in melancholy circles. A highlight of the show is Gubash's increasingly fearful Google search for "poo smell hallucinations." Accompanying the video are three photographs and a series of drawings that attempt with some success to combine humor and the weightier aspects of Gubash's familial subject matter, such as his father's life story. As in Emotional Blackmail, emotion for Gubash becomes a contest between the stage and the nakedness of words.
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery: http://www.kwag.ca/en/
Emotional Blackmail & Milutin Gubash: Situational Comedy continue until July 8.
Kim Neudorf is an artist and writer currently living in London, Ontario. Her paintings have shown in the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Stride Gallery, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. She has contributed writing to FFWD, shotgun-review.ca, Prairie Artsters, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Stride Gallery, and Truck Gallery, as well as her own blog. She is Akimbo's London correspondent.
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Posted by DianaBirkenheier, on 2012-06-06 07:22:30This looks like an exhibition worth travelling from Toronto to see, hear and puruse.