Shana Moulton b. 1976
The Mountain Where Everything is Upside Down (2008)
Video artist Shana Moulton's The Mountain Where Everything Is Upside Down is even better, immersing the viewer in a hallucinatory workout room where the artist's alter-egoÂa hypochondriac named CynthiaÂachieves ecstatic rapture after trepanning her skull with a magic crystal. As she often does, Moulton scrambles the lexicons of new age spirituality with fitness and beauty fads to comment on mankind's desperate need to put its faith in something. Of course, these shortsÂgarishly colorful, freewheeling in their use of disparate cultural signifiersÂsucceed on the level of spectacle. Much of the work here strives for more than flashy visuals, but, in this case, that flash feels very substantial.