Heavy Hearted is the first public performance by Toronto artists Nick & Sheila Pye, performed at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Canada on 22 January 2008.
The collaborative duo's videos and staged photographs draw on the history of performance art and vaudeville to explore tropes of auto-eroticism, narcissism and co-dependence. Responding to themes of gender politics and sexuality in the work of artists Steven Shearer and Andrea Bowers (which were on view at the gallery at the time), they present a fable-filled world where masculine and feminine collide. Their work has been exhibited and screened internationally and was recently acquired by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC.
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