Sanity Assassin

Skye Sherwin

Published in:
The Guardian Guide Weekend

January 2010

Gleaming chainsaws on a spot-lit mirrored plinth sounds like the kind of sculpture Patrick

Bateman might go in for. With this in-your-face centrepiece, artist Amanda Beech sets

the scene for a thrill-ride through movie violence. Her belligerently titled video

installation, Sanity Assassin, hits you with throbbing noise and hard edges, while her

shots of night-time LA are far from peaceful, arranged in music video-style montages

and accompanied by rapid-fire captions attacking the culture machine. It’s an isolationist

position, mirrored in the high-security pads of Hollywood’s elite that are lingered over in

Beech’s footage.

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