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Charest-Weinberg Gallery is pleased to present a group exhib ition\,
HERD THINNER\, curated by David Hunt.

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BOOK I

ON THE THINNING OF THE HERD\, GENERALLY. CONTAIN ING AS MUCH INFORMATION AS NECESSARY TO ACQUAINT OUR READER WITH THE BEGINN ING OF THIS HISTORY.

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  1. Toward a new gramma r of pruning containing a few common matters\, with a very uncommon observa tion upon them…
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  3. A brief disquisition on Thomas Friedman’s measure d polemic Hot\, Flat and Crowded\, wherein our assiduous reader learns the fate of our doomed planet some fifty years hence containing such deep and g rave matters\, that some pupils – apt and otherwise - perhaps\, may not rel ish it…
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  5. A startling confession by the United Nations wherein 9 bi llion people are introduced into our once spacious\, fertile plains by 2053 thanks to improvements in health care\, disease eradication and economic d evelopment\, and a short addendum on the consequences of felicitous matrimo ny and the ensuing hubbub over the trimming of reproductive privileges wher eby our necessarily imperfect custodian preemptively dissuades the flock ab out the ill-advised nature of its knee-jerk instinct toward murder\, consid ering that said custodian’s mere role as messenger and bearer of - in this case - bad tidings\, should not merit homicide….
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  7. A plea by our hu mble custodian to dispense with the prevailing dialectic of alarmed indigna tion on one hand\, and bovine complacency on the other\, wherein the dilati on between these two polar extremes is suddenly revealed to be just one mor e instance of totalitarian control and ritual abasement designed to corral the flock…
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  9. The discovery of a misplaced dossier in the regency ch est of the lead Decepticon retailing the clear-cutting of the rain forest f or the express purpose of gathering bio-fuel\, which\, as luck would have i t\, paradoxically increases CO2 emissions\, although\, here\, under the gui se of corporate altruism…
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BOOK II

IN WHICH OUR HERO\, THE LONELY SHEPERD\, CLIMBS A CRAGGY BLUFF TO PLACE A SINGLE SMALL PEBBLE ON A GAELIC CAIRN\, DECLARING HIS TERRITORY THROUGH A CTS BOTH SYMBOLIC AND SUBLIME\, UP TO AND INCLUDING A BRIEF DIGRESSION ON T HE DARWINIAN SUPREMACY OF ALL SEMIOTIC SYSTEMS IN AN AGE OF TWO STYROFOAM C UPS AND A PIECE OF STRING.

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  1. Irrational Ex uberance as Roulette: or the Birth of the Modern Casino\, whereby our hero\ , the lonely shepherd\, accrues by games of chance\, the necessary social c apital to persuade the vampiric Decepticons that molecule for molecule\, me thane’s heat-trapping power is twenty-one times stronger than carbon dioxid e\, the most abundant greenhouse gas\, and consequently - but without any p arliamentary throat-clearing or time-wasting pageantry - that not only shou ld the herd be groomed to manageable proportions\, but immediately and enti rely replaced with the New Monuments\, of which they are the primary expone nts…
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  3. A knotty point in the global court of conscience\, indeed\, containing\, of course\, a retailing of further anticipatory salvos doubtle ss generated by the passing of the baton to a proud and noble lineage of sy mbol-keepers (ergo\, once again\, our hero\, the lonely shepherd and his co mrades in arms)\, previously engaged in agrarian vigilance as it pertains t o the nexus of animal husbandry and surveillance\, but now\, suddenly charg ed with the more glamorous\, although infinitely more complex task of being the representative go-to guys in times of calamity\, loss of faith\, and g eneralized despair\, of which the fast encroaching middle-future definitely qualifies…
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  5. Containing the predictable uproar from the sedentary herd in which the new office of Grand Imperial Herd Thinner is pilloried fo r its hermetic ways and the attendant atmosphere of suffocating discernment which follows it everywhere\, declared a pox on humanity and the unfortuna te aftermath of a society of bourgeois leisure\, and a lengthy description of the lighting of the torches in the town square…
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BOOK III

A BREAKING OF THE HALLOWED 4TH WALL\, WHEREBY T HIS MODEST SCRIBE – HIMSELF A DIRECT DESCENDENT OF THE NOMADIC\, ALIENATED TRADITION THAT BINDS HIM IRREVOCABLY TO THE HERD THINNERS – GENTLY DEMURS T O OFFER A BRIEF EXPLANATION IN LIEU OF A CATCHY MANIFESTO AS TO THE IMPORTA NCE OF THE HERD THINNERS’ ADMITTEDLY MASONIC TRADITIONS\, THEIR NEED FOR CO NSTANT APPROVAL AND REASSURANCE\, BUT UMTIMATELY THEIR INTRINSIC VALUE AS G INORMOUS WAXEN CANDLES\, LIGHTHOUSE BEACONS\, AND SATELLITE SYSTEMS FUELED WITH AMBERGRIS IN THE DARK DAYS THAT ARE\, SOME MIGHT SAY\, ALREADY UPON US .

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  1. A hint in list form\, so as not to con fuse the reader\, designed to placate the incredulous nay-sayers for all ti me\, as to the enduring importance of the Herd Thinner ways\, their strange incantatory rituals and alchemical transubstantiations\, their conjuring o f deep compressions of the galactic and the prehistoric\, their insistence upon leavening the contemporary with routine excursions into antiquity\, an d their unique ability to fulfill the destiny of ultimate purveyor of signs \, whilst still maintaining the stylistic integrity that sets apart one Her d Thinner from another…
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  3. Of those who lawfully may\, and of those who may not\, write such histories as this\, a cautionary warning…A very su rprising adventure indeed\, wherein emotion trumps capital\, the ruin displ aces the shiny bauble\, and the ambient economy reigns supreme over endless recapitulations of the New Economy\, which itself is revealed in a singula rly flamboyant act of pulling back the curtain\, insufficient to capture th e imagination of the herd…A farewell to the reader with a parting shot and a gracious invitation to witness the unpacking of the Herd Thinners’ smorga sbord of available strategies to perhaps lift you\, our patient reader\, ou t of the paralyzing quagmire of options that clings to your withered frock coat like so much molasses…
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DTEND:20100228 DTSTAMP:20140423T225257 DTSTART:20091201 GEO:25.799275;-80.199806 LOCATION:Charest-Weinberg Gallery\,250 nw 23rd st \nMiami\, 33127 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Herd thinner\, Slater Bradley\, SunTek Chung\, Richard Dupont\, Mar tha Friedman\, Sheree Hovsepian\, Rashid Johnson\, Simone Leigh\, Fernando Mastrangelo\, Raha Raissnia\, Seher Shah\, Erin Shirreff\, Jeff Sonhouse\, Ouattara Watts UID:80308 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR