Galerie Krinzinger

This exhibition of nine artists, which drew from Paul Schimmel’s selection for “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s” (with the exception of Jeffrey Valiance), posited the proximity of current art from Los Angeles and Viennese Aktionismus. Such a thesis may have programmatic value, and indeed such relationships exist, but the juxtapositions only served to make the differences clearer, rather than to underline anything other than superficial similarities.

Central to the exhibition was an installation by Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy consisting of various pieces and entitled Midlife Crisis Trauma Center and Negative Media-Engram Abreaction Release Zone, 1992. In the accompanying video, starring life-size dolls as well as the artists themselves, Kelley and McCarthy adapted this idyllic, Swiss children’s novel and distorted it until it exploded. It analyzed the inner structure of the novel,

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