New York

Kim Ingraham; Rea Tajiri

Film/Video Arts

Sentiment and refinement—one a process and a state of mind that is vulnerable to stereotype and primed for perpetual manipulation; the other a closure that locks the heady sweetness of good taste into the stratospheres of high-toned acquisition. Considerations of these two notions motor the video work of Kim Ingraham and Rea Tajiri, with Ingraham splashing around the soppy marshes of sentiment, while Tajiri acridly eyes the encapsulations of esthetics, genre, and commodity.

Overflowing with bulky depictions of sticky romantic “scenes” and chilling parodies of society’s dispensations for its marginal members, Ingraham’s ironic commentaries twist and tangle conventional, emotively charged presentations, dragging the soap opera, the tear-jerker, and the telethon into a hyperbolic magnification of their already ludicrous brand of display. In Corny Stories, 1987, she focuses on the seemingly

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