The Unseen: gonzo curation by Adela Leibowitz (New York)
Documenting esoteric symbols in contemporary art
September 17 – October 29, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, September 17, 6-9 pm
Noah Becker, Michelle Blade, Jonathan Cammisa and Nathan Caswell, Walt Cassidy, Center for Tactical Magic, Martha Colburn, VALIE EXPORT, Francesca Gabbiani, Sayre Gomez, Frank Haines, Michelle Handelman, Emily Noelle Lambert, Adela Leibowitz, Kirt Markle, Josh Peters, Kembra Pfahler, Shalo P, Breyer P-Orridge, Yuval Pudik, David Ratcliff, Carolyn Salas, Kristin Schiele, Harry Smith.
The Unseen, gonzo curated by New York artist Adela Leibowitz from a crowdsourcing project instigated by the TAM, is an exhibition that focuses on the use of esoteric symbols and contemporary visual uses of what has been described as "magick" by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, "Control disintegrates. Magick integrates. The idea is to apply the cut-up principle to behavior. The method is a contemporary, non-mystical interpretation of magick. Thee aim is reclamation of self-determination, conscious and unconscious, to the Individual. Thee result is to neutralize and challenge the essence of social control." Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, London, 1987. Excerpt from Thee Psychick Bible The term Gonzo, originating in relation to an article by Hunter S Thompson in 1970, can be used to describe any creative endeavor that privileges emotional responses, tone and style over facticity to achieve the flavor of something, rather than objectivity through factual information, for an edgier and more personalized report. TAM crowdsourced the request for an innovative exhibition theme through social media and selected the proposal that we felt introduced a new idea from a new voice - Adela Leibowitz 's The Unseen.