August 15, 2012 Carolee Schneemann: Remains to be Seen The List / Neil Cooper 4 stars Torn-up lack and white images of a woman taken almost half a century ago are laid out on the floor in criss-crossing strips, as multiples of the woman’s face stare out. This is Carolee Schneeman, performance artist, avant-provocateur and feminist icon, and she has been ripped to shreds. This altar-like assemblage deconstructs images taken from Schneeman’s 1964 Eye Body series forms a brand new contribution to this scaled-down retrospective of sorts featuring three recent video installations and a hitherto unseen set of photographs, Ice Naked Skating, from the same era. These feature a decidedly un-chilly looking Schneeman skating while holding her cat. Used for years as ‘objective observers’ of her work, other cats feature in 2008’s Infinite Kisses – The Movie, a series of blurred close-ups of Schneeman and her pets getting affectionate. They’re there again in Devour, a split-screen montage of stock car crashes, suckling babies and dead bodies being picked over in war-zones. Precarious is a multi-channel document of Schneeman’s 2009 commission for Tate Liverpool that looks at notions of dancing in captivity. No cats, but a caged cockatoo and a bear on a chain suggest they too, like Schneeman, are breaking out all over.