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Eliza Griffiths | Uncool Mind
MARCH 25 – APRIL 24, 2016


MULHERIN TORONTO is pleased to present Uncool Mind, an exhibition of works on paper and a single painting by Canadian artist Eliza Griffiths.

Uncool Mind refers to a state of heightened and uncontrolled mental energy and excitability.

The exhibition brings together an assembly of free associative drawings and images, compulsive marks and gestures bridging conscious choice and unpredictable necessity. Griffiths' works investigate subjective mind and body states in relation to the outer world phenomena and interactions.

Motifs of both individual and group psychotherapy, both individual and collective, recur as a speculative visual space or stage for examining the exchange between people, what can be shared, what is private and what could be opened outward.

Griffiths' practice is and always has been based on the creation of fictive characters who perform distilled psychological, social, and experiential narratives in painting tableaux, drawing, and painting-based installation. Central themes that have occupied the work have included issues of desire and sexuality, gender identity, intimacy, and relationships to self and other. Over the past number of years Griffiths has worked in thematic series, beginning each with a conceptual framework and then allowing an intuitive and improvisational layered painting process to determine the eventual form and content of the work. In this way, her process has the quality and sensation of being a director, writer, casting agent, costume and set designer, for a compressed and indeterminate film or fiction that occupies a single field yet remains unfolding.
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By: Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects

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