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Anthea Behm, Objective Confess, 2010-11. Courtesy: the artist and Golden Gallery, Chicago

26 September 2011 | Anthea Behm is currently staging her first international solo exhibition, Objective Confess, with Golden Gallery in Chicago.

Behm, who was named a Samstag scholar in 2007, has been studying in the United States after graduating from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney. In 2009 she completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also recently participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and will be a 2011-2012 fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Her current exhibition features a video work based around two scripts: one adapted from Theodor Adorno’s 1970 thesis on aesthetics,
Aesthetic Theory; and the other from the cult 1980s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which follows the activities of three schoolboy truants who spend the day in downtown Chicago.

The scripts Behm has written are performed by actors, who deliver their monologues as they move through the gallery spaces of the Art Institute of Chicago. Behm uses these monologues to both rehearse and complicate ideas of high and popular culture.

Objective Confess, which has been staged with the support of the Australia Council, continues until 5 November 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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