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“[T]he poten­tial for paint­ing will emerge in the con­junc­ tive decon­struc­tion of the three instances that mod­ernist paint­ing has dis­so­ci­ated (the imag­i­nary\, the real\, and the sym­bolic).“
Yve -Alain Bois\, “Paint­ing: The Task of Mourn­ing”

“We live enti rely\, espe­cially if we are writ­ers\, by the impo­si­tion of a nar­ra­tiv e line upon dis­parate images\, by the ‘ideas’ with which we have learned t o freeze the shift­ing phan­tas­mago­ria which is our actual expe­ri­ence.”
Joan Did­ion\, The White Album

Objects are inevi tably images. As we nuance our ter­mi­nol­ogy for read­ing imagery within a rt­work\, gen­er­al­i­ties like abstract and real­is­tic begin to lose thei r mean­ings. The image\, inserted\, ref­er­enced or trans­posed\, may no lo nger be eas­ily read\, as lay­ers of mean­ings\, con­texts and ref­er­ences hover over its sur­face and rest beneath its lay­ers. Paint­ings become lo ca­tions of tem­po­rary lodg­ing where dif­fer­ent forms of mean­ing live i n longer or shorter stays – pay­ing indi­vid­ual or cor­po­rate rates\, at the bar\, in the suite\, or in the unused work­out room in the base­ment.
Con­cepts that have been applied to the works at hand demand th e­o­ries and philoso­phies that impose mean­ings onto artis­tic choices – c hoices that may be purely aes­thetic\, ide­o­log­i­cal\, or per­haps unknow ­able. Rather than align­ing and jux­ta­pos­ing art­works by those the­o­ri es\, Paint Hotel seeks to desta­bi­lize fixed the­o­ret­i­cal and ge nealog­i­cal nar­ra­tives. The point is not to be anti-theory\, but rather to allow for an imme­di­ate expe­ri­ence.

Per­haps it is time to accept the ver­dict that what we are look­ing at trig­gers human curios­ ity with its desire for a story\, a moral and a res­o­lu­tion\, and to repl ace these fil­ters of view­ing with more neu­tral fil­ters that release the nar­ra­tive.

The works in this exhi­bi­tion explore how we fi l­ter the pol­i­tics of what would be “inter­est­ing” for us to know in ord er to cre­ate coher­ence. They inves­ti­gate the chasm between trauma and n ar­ra­tive in the space where artists can cre­ate works that may in fact “d oubt the premises of all the sto­ries.”

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