Sunday, December 19, 2010
Nathalie Djurberg's "Snakes Know It's Yoga"
'Animals often pair up with humans in Nathalie Djurberg’s Claymation videos, so it wasn’t a surprise to see a blue snake bat yellow goo-goo eyes at a naked yogi in the Swedish-born artist’s latest work, “Snakes Know It’s Yoga” ... a storeroom full of animal bones was appropriate for an artist whose territory lies somewhere between the grotesques of Goya and the darker regions of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. / On the largest of four screens placed among display cases full of skulls, the adoring serpent catapulted the startled yogi into comical yoga poses, then tore at the man’s flesh, contorting his dismembered limbs into a distended figure out of a Salvador Dalí painting. / The video was pure Djurberg, whose twisted scenarios tend to begin with fairy-tale sweetness and dissolve into grisly sadism.' [Linda Yablonsky at www.nytimes.com]
Paul Chan's My Birds…trash… the future