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"TRUE! --nervous --very\, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am\; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had shar pened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acutley. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How\, then\, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story." -Edgar Allen Poe\, 1843

James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present The Tell-Tale Heart (Part 2)\, a group exhibition inspired by the classic story by American 19th century novelist and poet Edgar Allan Poe. The exhibition opens June 25th through August 13th\, 2010 and will feature works by Barbara Bloom\, Victor Burgin\, Keren Cytter\, Hanne Darboven\, Maya Deren\, Tracey Emin\, James Ensor\, Kota Ezawa\, Nan Goldin\, Jesper Just\, Susana Mendes Silva\, Li Ming\, Cheng Ran\, Dash Snow and Felix Gon zalez Torres.

Much like the macabre drama of Poe's story\, in which the protagonist's obsession with his upstairs neighbour drives him to murder\, the works in this exhibition portray artists various modes of expression which explore dissolute scenarios through the lens of "obsessio n" that reflect an intensity of passion\, guilt\, rage\, love\, identity\, death\, and political beliefs.

Maya Deren's seminal film\, Meshes in the Afternoon (1943)\, serves as a cornerstone to the ex hibition\, embodying the dark impulses that drive human desire and imagina tion to their extremes.

Andre Breton's novel about obsession titled Nadja inspired conceptual artist Victor Burgin to create Fiction/Film (1991)\, a photographic work in which a mysterious female figure haunts the Parisian landscape. Hanne Darboven's systemic numberi ng and time-based collage "12 Months with Postcards from Today of Horse s" (1982) posits that if symbolic handwriting and image are mirrors to the mind\, then the unconscious keeps its secrets.

In Feli x Gonzalez Torres' video installation\, Untitled (Portrait) (1971)\, two empty chairs sit facing a black television monitor that perio dically displays lone statements that portend greed\, solitude and unrequi ted love\, examples of which include "a new supreme court ruling\," "more failed banks\," "long love letters\," "a merciless cardinal\," and "a patr iotic mob". Gonzales presents a "picture" that is simultaneously personal and political while proposing that extreme actions can produce world shaki ng events. Dash Snow's black and white photograph titled TBT(2008) portrays a lone female lying face down on a bed in a darkened room\; the re is a sense of the possibility of violence or love lurking in the shadow s. An older work on exhibit inspired by a short story by Poe titled "Hop Frog Hop-Frog\; or\, The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs" is James Ensor's gr itty revenge hand-colored print titled "Hop-Frog's Revenge" (1898) depicting the sadistic murder of the king and his cronies.

The show will also include the US debut of Li Ming\, an emerging conceptua l artist based in China. This work was also included in The Tell-Tale Heart (Part 1) at the James Cohan Gallery Shanghai\, curated by Leo Xu . In Ming's single-channel video work\, XX (2009)\, two young men s it bound by overlapping t-shirts\, struggling to separate themselves from one another. Other works by young video artists explore the darker side o f personal relationships such as Jesper Just's work\, A Vicious Underto w (2007)\, Keren Cytter's Something Happened (2007) and Kota Ez awa's animation Who's Afraid of Black\, White and Gray\, (2003). A ll three aforementioned works are presented as disjunctive narrative stori es which expose the extreme emotion and vulnerability of complex love rela tionships. The Tell-Tale heart lives within us all.

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