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Elizabeth Milton, High Kicks Into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever

Elizabeth Milton, High Kicks Into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever (2016), production still of a video installation [grunt gallery, Vancouver BC, May 27-Jun 25]

Elizabeth Milton: High Kicks Into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever

grunt gallery
Vancouver BC – May 27-Jun 25, 2016

Elizabeth Milton, High Kicks Into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever

Elizabeth Milton, High Kicks Into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever (2016), production still of a video installation [grunt gallery, Vancouver BC, May 27-Jun 25]

In this immersive installation, performance and media artist Elizabeth Milton once again draws on her “holy moly” trinity of glamour, affect and enlightenment to fashion a multichannel video sensorium. In this instance, black box theatrical props are fused with white cube sculptures. Also, like her 2011 Access exhibition, the videos are based on scenarios common to all of us, whether experienced while winding down in front of our screens at the workplace or at home.

“I’ve always been interested in the constructs of theatre and theatricality drawn from pop culture,” Milton told Canadian Art magazine during her 2011 Western Front residency. On the narrative tensions found in audition-based programs like American Idol or The Apprentice, Milton adds, “these types of power dynamics are also reflected in art world relationships, between artist and curator and between viewer and artist.”

In the 2010 documentary The Future of Art, philosopher Boris Groys is asked about today’s artist, to which he replies, “Professional art only consists in representing oneself. In other words, an artist is someone who does nothing more than cultivate [their] own image.” While it’s true that we’re in the midst of a bullish image economy, some, such as Milton, have managed to corral that image and hold it still, if only to see it more critically.

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Michael Turner

Elizabeth Milton, High Kicks Into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever

Elizabeth Milton, High Kicks Into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever (2016), production still of a video installation [grunt gallery, Vancouver BC, May 27-Jun 25]


 Fri, Apr 8, 2016