Washington, DC

Nicholas and Sheila Pye

Curator's Office

The influence of Bertolt Brecht, the Brothers Grimm, and Eugène Ionesco permeates the substance and style of Nicholas and Sheila Pye’s recent video Loudly, Death Unties, 2007, presented at Curator’s Office with five of the artists’ photographs. The work completes a deeply absorbing, richly symbolic trilogy, including the films The Paper Wall, 2004, and A Life of Errors, 2006, which chronicles a trio of destructive relationships between men and women.

Common to the three works are dreary tenement-like sets—with bare wooden floors, peeling floral wallpaper, chipped paint, and scant furniture—which form a backdrop for the artists’ wordless interactions, composed of measured gestures and movements. The color throughout is wan and muted, the mood and electronic music portentous. Edward Albee–like identities take the place of proper names: “Brother” and “Sister” in the first film; “Man” and “

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