Krauss, who is an accredited doctor and psychoanalyst, often produces works that consider the vulnerabilities of people, physically and mentally, framed by social, cultural and political circumstances, particularly within the context of mass media. The show offers a visual sampling of the ways in which the mind and body affect one another within these contexts. In spite of their strong visual impact, Krauss’s figures often appear weak and weary; other times they are shown from above, as though they are being watched. Even when huddled together, hunched over and with repressed postures, they seem all the more vulnerable, as if under the deeply scrutinous eye of an analyst or critic. Somewhat fragmented and abstracted, the figures are at once decontextualized and undefined, yet ultimately roundly framed against a stark background, with a lack of context, not unlike the way the media sometimes portrays individuals.
“Friction” is on view at Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Nov. 26–Dec. 19, 2015.