Visual Arts Program

Friday, January 15, 2010 — Friday, February 26, 2010

Frank McCauley

Casual Being

Frank McCauley - <em>Casual Being</em>
Frank McCauley - <em>Casual Being</em>
Frank McCauley - <em>Casual Being</em>
Frank McCauley - <em>Casual Being</em>
Frank McCauley - <em>Casual Being</em>
Frank McCauley - <em>Casual Being</em>

Frank McCauley’s video works utilize imitation, mimesis, and modification as a strategy of appropriation. Many of his projects operate on the level of costume, disingenuous charade, and nostalgia. Through the use of a "projection suit" these works are an attempt at transformation and allude to the desire for a different kind of make-believe, an actual physical metamorphosis, but which ultimately fail, due to its impossibility and thus are relegated to the arena of fantasy and play. Through mimicry he attempts to artificially overcome the boundary between the self and the other while using it as an instrument for creating an identity and as a strategy of articulating mock relationships between real and fictional characters, their contexts, social environments and physical surroundings. This body of work leaves behind the dominant understanding of mimesis as realist pictorial representation, and utilizes the conceptual framework of theatricality by reflecting the ability to act and to become something or someone else.

Some publications related to this event:
Frank McCauley: Casual Being - 2010
January and February, 2010 - 2010

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