It's All About Me

When artists portray themselves, strange things can happen

Many of the artists in "Me, Myself & I" intentionally affect postures of discomfort, ennui, embarrassment, inscrutability, victimization, and mild neuroses. These afflictions are sometimes narcissistic ploys by artists to call attention to their uniqueness when the work fails to persuade on its aesthetic merits. The work in this show is so varied it's difficult, and not really necessary, to arrive at a consensus among these artists. However, one overall conclusion to be gleaned from these works is the ultimate instability of identity.

For those of you not allowed to leave Miami-Dade County, the folks at FAU will haul "Me, Myself & I: Video Remix" down here to the Living Room in the Design District, where excerpts from video works in the show and additional works by participating artists will be on view beginning Art Basel weekend. The artists in "Me, Myself & I: Video Remix" are Derrick Adams, Natalia Benedetti, Slater Bradley, Megan Cump, Anthony Goicolea, Sofia Hultén, Carol Irving, Shin-il Kim, Dave McKenzie, Aida Ruilova, Diana Shpungin, Nicole Engelmann, and Guy Richards Smit.

“Me, Myself & I” Works of self-portraiture by 31 artists. Through January 29, 2005. University Galleries, Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; 561-297-2966 or www.fau.edu/galleries.

Mickalene Thomas's Negress #2
Mickalene Thomas's Negress #2

“Me, Myself & I: Video Remix” December 2 through January 8. The Living Room, 4000 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

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