"Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality"
Will Gorlitz, "Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality," 1989, oil pastel, text on book paper. Photo Courtesy Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, acquired with funds from Margaret Marshall.
WILL GORLITZ, Into the Collection
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Aug 8 to Nov 25, 2007
By Stacey Abramson
The largest public gallery in Will Gorlitz’s hometown of Winnipeg now boasts an additional work by this renowned Canadian artist. Buenos Aires-born Gorlitz studied at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art in the 1970s before heading east to the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. From there, his career would take him all over the world before landing him in the position of associate professor of Visual Art at the University of Guelph. Currently on display, the latest work to enter the collection is the third of Gorlitz’s acquired by the Winnipeg Art Gallery. “Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality” (1989) features 21 trilingual panels outlining, interpreting and exploring Sigmund Freud’s texts on the title. These significant historical texts, which are laden with hidden meaning, are overlapped with a juxtaposition of relatively banal and ripened tactile images. Decaying imagery of fruit is scattered among the panels, alluding to the theories discussed in the text beneath. Gorlitz interprets several layers of suggestive and psychoanalytical ideas, while his aesthetic approach denotes a history of classical and still life painting. The inspiration of the sensuality of life is prominent through his treatment and his conceptual approach.
Represented by: Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON