Pipilotti Rist, I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, 21 December 2011 – 4 March 2012.
Discovering a Paul McCarthy video amidst ACCA’s current Gestures and Procedures exhibition was a welcome relief after suffering through Bianca Hester’s ‘experiential’ trash next door. Leg of Lamb loves a bit of smut and
McCarthy never fails to disappoint.
Tucked in between projections of Mike Parr’s 1970’s performance pieces and Daniel von Sturmer’s elegant modernist videos, McCarthy’s offering is decidedly base. ‘Rocky‘ features the naked artist repeatedly punching himself in the face and smearing ketchup where the sun don’t shine.
McCarthy’s performances often rub people up the wrong way (ahem) but there’s something perversely pleasing about watching a grown man behave in such a puerile manner. McCarthy abandons ‘normal’ codes of behaviour and reverts to a primal form of existence in which pleasure (and pain) is achieved simply, directly and without inhibition.
Gestures & Procedures, ACCA, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, until September 26.
Mike Parr will be delivering a free artist’s talk at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, on Wednesday the 8th of September at 6pm. Work by Parr is included in ACCA’s current group exhibition, Gestures and Procedures, which runs until the 26th of September.