Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book

Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book
Open Book Cowles Literary Commons
On view July 20 – September 30, 2018

Opening reception Thursday, July 26; 6-8pm
Free and open to the public

Curated by Susanne Padberg, Galerie Druck & Buch, Vienna, Austria

It is striking how many psychoanalytic concepts Freud discovered and named; they can be found as source material or catalysts in contemporary book art, such as:

Wish – Dream – Ego – Id – Memory – The Unconscious – The Oedipus Complex – Fixation – multiple personalities – (Victorian repression of) sexuality – Libido – Death Drive — and so on.

In addition, the many techniques Freud developed, such as the use of free association, parapraxis, and his discovery of transference & countertransference are aspects in the analytic process as well as potent inspirations for artistic work. The works in this show are based specifically on these concepts and theories.

Artists include: Thorsten Baensch, Christian Boltanski, Sarah Bryant, Crystal Cawley, Ken Campbell, Maureen Cummins, Anne Deguelle, Gerhild Ebel, Stefan Gunnesch, Karen Hanmer, Anna Helm, Susan Johanknecht, Kurt Johannessen, Janosch Kaden, Burgi Kühnemann, M. M. Lum, Jule Claudia Mahn, Patrizia Meinert, Christine Morris, Craig Dworkin, Didier Mutel, Susanne Nickel, Yasutomo Ota, Waltraud Palme, Veronika Schäpers, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Herbert Stattler, Marian St. Laurent, Ines von Ketelhodt, Carola Willbrand & Sam Winston.

This exhibition is traveling to three major book arts centers in the US: the Center for Book Arts in New York, San Francisco Center for the Book, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Image: Detail of Anatomy of Insanity by Maureen Cummings