Mina Totino | Macguffin
- Mina Totino
- Oil on canvas
- 244 x 193 cm | 96 x 76 in.
Totino's paintings cite the mystic fog that travels through Western art from Friedrich's vista to Rothko's canvases, a trajectory Robert Rosenblum chose to call "the Northern Romantic tradition". [...] Instead of a calm modulation into the infinite beyond, Totino's canvases are inchoate, turbulent, depicting a nothingness that is far from reassuring. We face the Sadean sublime - the grand indifference of nature. [...]
(Scott Watson, "Three Essays" in: "Mina Totino", Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1997, p. 54ff)
Definition of MacGuffin
: an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance