David Cronenberg: Transformation
In this fascinating, unnervingly ingenious new work, media artist Candice Breitz deploys her therapist, her parents and herself to redub a trio of key scenes from David Cronenberg’s eerily personal 1979 horror film The Brood, flushing out the film’s universal themes of marital disintegration and parental anxiety.
A shared interest in the interplay between the clinical and the personal brings Candice Breitz and David Cronenberg uncomfortably close in Treatment, a multi-channel meditation on Cronenberg's The Brood. She has selected three key scenes of the film, each unsettling interactions between Dr. Hal Raglan, a radical psychiatrist, and his patients: an infantilized male, and a rage-filled woman who produces embodiments of her emotions as fetal monsters dropping off her body. Breitz recognizes the film as Cronenberg's most confessional, a cri de coeur about his failed marriage, the crackpot therapist that destroyed it, and his resulting fears around parental influence. She meets him on his own terms, enlisting her own therapist, herself, her mother, and her father to redub the scenes in a studio, on camera. Their portrait-like line readings are positioned in the gallery directly across from Cronenberg's original scenes, underscoring the universal anxieties and discomfiting emotions his work elicits in audiences. The result is a highly personal, and frighteningly precise — a response to a filmmaker baring his soul.
Presented and organized in partnership with MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15. Exhibition continues until December 29, 2013.