Will Gorlitz

Canadian (born in Argentina), b. 1952

Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, 1989

oil pastel, text on book paper

25.4 x 33 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from Margaret Marshall and with funds from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Naylor, funds administered through The Winnipeg Foundation

2007-2.1 to 21


Drawing, Works on Paper

Sigmund Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality is the starting point for this work by Will Gorlitz, who overlays a myriad of everyday objects directly over the pages of the essay, torn from a textbook. As one of the most significant thinkers of the twentieth century, Freud has influenced subjects ranging from psychology and politics, to pop culture and art. Fruit, depicted in varying stages of maturation, alludes to the earth, fertility, and conception, as well as to pleasure and hunger, the key components of Freud’s definition of sexual instinct. Additionally, the apples and pears may be representations of gender. Commonplace items are imbued with new meanings as the viewer is left to wonder what relationship exists between images and text, and the objects themselves.

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