Horror Stories, a solo show by Jillian Mcdonald
exhibition runs from April 4 to May 10, 2008
"Media and performance artist Jillian McDonald has developed a body of work investigating the American entertainment industry, using the archetypes generated by Hollywood as a substrate for shrewd and humorous commentary on the manufacturing of contemporary American behavior, mindset and relationships. In her latest series of videos, McDonald concentrates on the horror film genre and the manufacturing of fear. A haunted chandelier shivers and shifts in reaction to the viewer in the interactive video, The Sparkling while Vamp It Up sees McDonald transform herself into a vampire on public transportation. Stripping away plot, character development and the expectation of violence, McDonald teases the audience’s expectations of the malevolent by revealing the chicanery behind the show.