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Stephan Stoyanov/Luxe Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Future Tense
29 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002

April 4th, 2010 - May 30th, 2010
east village/lower east side
Wednesday through Saturday 11am - 6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
photography, installation, sculpture

Future Tense presents work by twenty one artists who are taking a critical look at issues concerning the state of the environment-from land use, air quality, pollution and consumption of fossil fuels to natural and/or manmade disasters. The exhibition investigates a range of post-Utopian worldviews in art that utilizes the landscape, in part, as the theater of human action. Concerned with environmental changes and dystopia encompassing experiments in the mid-twentieth century and a more recent constellation of factors that have caused global change, artists articulate their point of view in forms including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. While some artists deal with questions of past socio-political events, others forecast the future and at times indicate solutions for alternative, potentially sustainable conditions for human life, others present sobering information from current, true-life events, while others spin fictional narratives or biting satire. All seem to indicate a moral imperative. Several artists in Future Tense continue to utilize the traditional horizon line and long view, however, their agendas veer strongly away from historic landscape, which also includes European Romanticism and the Sublime, to focus on recent environmental shifts that assert tension inherent to growth and spiritual decline intrinsic to rapid periods of global industrial expansion. Each artist takes a position along the road from cautious hope to utter disenchantment, generating work that expresses complex political and social dimensions of landscape, architecture, science and technologies.

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