JAUS is very pleased to present Not-Knowing, a group exhibition featuring 9 artists working from Sourthern California who work mostly in painting or sculpture.
The idea of not-knowing in painting has multiple meanings and is of great interest when viewing and making work. We are trained to seek out answers from a young age. Being well into the Information Age, answers and knowledge are evermore accelerated. In most areas in life, we have access to answers to questions we might have at our fingertips. Art can be one of the areas where not-knowing is crucial and it can be an uncomfortable thing. When viewing art people sometimes attach narratives, project their own associations and are not able to accept meaning beyond the image. The idea of not-knowing in art relies on intuition. Intuition is understanding without the need for conscious reasoning. The artist’s included in this exhibition employ color theory, emphasize the “hand”, prioritize the surface, negotiate absence as presence, and explore alchemy in their work. These investigations lead to possibilities beyond the conceptual.
The works in this exhibition were selected based on the notion that an artwork is not limited to a concept, and that the act of seeing, and non-verbal, non-linguistic communication is an equally vital component of experiencing the art object. This exhibition champions the idea that intuition should not be taken lightly, in making or in looking, that it is inventive, a hidden language, and an emotional logic which is comfortable with not knowing.