"Philip Brophy's video installation Evaporated Music 2: At the Mouth of Metal is a technical tour de force. Beginning with saccharine soft rock video clips, the artist removes the original music and substitutes a death metal soundtrack. Brophy's new, nonsensical "metal" lyrics perfectly match the lip sync of the original. The effect is creepily mesmerizing, suggesting that what we take for "style" is
little more than an empty vessel. The subtitle reinforces this idea
with a punning reference to John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness
(1995), an homage to H. P. Lovecraft. Evaporated Music 2 continues
the artist's long-standing fascination with disrupting musical genres.
His three-screen installation Fluorescent, currently included in
the Singapore Biennale, explores similar ground through glam rock."
Artkrush No.43, New York, 2006
) Evaporated Music 2 positions us within the seemingly
safe domain of domesticity, only to violate our regulated pleasure
by showing us its obscenity. The exploitation of biomorphic horror
within this work reveals a society where identity has become a pornographic
caricature verging on the point of normality. The upside, however,
is the humour that comes from these exaggerated feats of untenable
compliance overwhelmed by the collective idealism of the mainstream.
With a winking playfulness, Brophy's work leaves us with the contradictory
logic of rationalised insanity. It tempts us with the possibility
of madness beyond the mouth of commercialised banality - a madness
where the body is free to exist in all its grisly beauty."
Artspace Projects 2006, Sydney, 2007