Rumours of Our Breath
Border Crossings, July 1993, v. 12, no. 3, pp. 50-53
A review of the two part exhibition; Corpus I and Corpus II. Curator Bruce Grenville opts to work within the site of the human body, with processes focussed on 'dialogue',
"a term marking engagement with language which he sees as distinguishing much recent work in Canada and elsewhere" (50).
Corpus I comprises 11 post-minimalist artists whose work "marks a return to the body as a site where repetition and minimal change may intersect once again with narrative"(51).
Corpus II highlights the work of 12 artists, particularly feminist women and gay men. The works in Corpus II all incorporate linguistic turns, patriarchal inscriptions, and psychoanalytic concepts.
Together, Corpus 1 and Corpus II reinforce the "continuing commitment Canadian artists have to remaking the body as sensorium and social signifier" (53).
ITEM 1993.150 – available for viewing in the Research Centre
Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited
Birthday Suit - with Scars and Defects – Lisa Steele
Choreography of the Dotted Line – Suzy Lake
Likers – Robin Collyer
Close Knit – Aganetha Dyck
Structure #4 – Colette Whiten
Stigmata Diaboli – Nicole Jolicoeur
Illustrated Man – Rod Steiger
Souvenirs of the Self – Jinme Yoon
Untitled (Mountains near Jasper) – Lawren Harris
Security Blanket: A Child's Quilt – Barbara Todd
Pale Coffin Quilt – Barbara Todd
Body Double – Mina Totino
Imago [XII] – Mary Scott
Excerpts (Nietzsche on Women) – Anne Ramsden
Hell – Tom Dean
Girl – Tom Dean