Euan Macdonald

Galerie Zink München

In a relatively small space, the Scottish-born, Los Angeles–based artist Euan Macdonald presented a few recent works, all involving a certain perceptual and conceptual subtlety. The most intriguing among them was the DVD Healer, 2002, projected on the wall and shown in a darkened room provided with seats, like a small movie theater. The performance it depicted began with a view of an orange curtain, from the other side of which an elderly middle-class woman—the artist’s landlady during a residency in New Zealand—appeared before an invisible public, her arms sometimes at her side and sometimes folded, but otherwise standing still and in silence for four minutes, at which point she turned around and went back behind the curtain from whence she came. This humble figure’s fixity and silence charge her with a somewhat disturbing intensity, reinforced when one takes into account what is implied

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