Orlan at Artcore (33 Hazelton) to March 31. 416-920-3820. Rating: NNN Rating: NNNNN
Is it wrong to refer to someone as a walking car accident? How about a travelling circus? Freak-show host? I'm not trashing Orlan, just observing. Besides, she'd celebrate these comparisons -- any excuse to splurge on some rhinoplasty, as in a whole other nose implanted in her neck.Self-proclaimed performance artist Orlan makes her statement by enduring countless plastic surgery operations to manipulate her image. This show at artcore displays what I see as her ultimate narcissistic fantasy.
Digitally enhanced photos of her already tweaked face present her as different statues. Some look like ancient carvings, some like plain old bugged-out fish or alien women from outer space.
They're intriguing and entertaining in that scab-picking, slow-down-while-passing-accidents, gore-whore way. If I were Orlan, my statement would be "Look at what you can do with lots of time and money. I was able to configure myself after my favourite childhood toy, Mr. Potato Head!"
Can I play Performance Artist, too? I know -- I'll crawl into the deli meat section at Loblaws and masturbate, laid out on a pile of cold cuts. It'll be a statement on the objectification of porn stars called Pass The Saran.