FRANCOIS GHEBALY GALLERY
CANDICE LIN: IT MAKES THE PATIENT SEE PICTURES
OPENING SEPTEMBER 8, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SEPTEMBER 8 – OCTOBER 13
2600 S. LACIENEGA BLVD, LOS ANGELES
The sculptural works in It Makes the Patient See Pictures address power through the subjects of food and sexuality.
Sculptural works include dried and carved root vegetables resembling castrated, withered penises; a tarred black pig projecting an animated narrative of genocide from his asshole; a field of corn mutating into a pig-like terror; and recreations of historical objects of culture recreated as silicone dildos.
The exhibition takes its title from the psychoanalytic idea of the “influencing machine” that is symptomatic of paranoid-schizophrenia. Historian James Clifford created a well known model for thinking of how value and power are assigned within art and culture that is sub-captioned, “a machine for making authenticity.” Lin’s works argue for a parallel between the art-culture machine and the paranoid-schizophrenic-influencing machine. Both machines of power exercise themselves through the proliferation and control of hallucinatory images that have been ripped from context, fetishized, and turned inward where they persecute us with our own alienated desires, masquerading as properties of the objects themselves.
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