As I travel through the mountain these spears, these crosses, these trefoils, these leafy hearts, these composite crosses, these triangles, these creatures facing each other and opposing each other to mark their eternal conflict, their divisions, their duality, awaken strange memories in me. I seemed to read everywhere a story of childbirth in war, a story of genesis and chaos… There is... a music of numbers and this music which reduces the chaos of the material world to its principles explains by a kind of awesome mathematics how nature is ordered and how she directs the birth of forms that she pulls out of chaos and everything I saw seemed to correspond to a number – the statues, the forms, the shadows, always presented these recurring numbers…
- Antonin Artuad, “The Mountain of Signs” from Voyage to the Land of the Tarahumara
Lisa Cooley presents Creswell Crags, an exhibition examining aspects of the primal or the ancient. The exhibition will run from September 7th until October 5th and will feature painting, photography, sculpture, weaving and video from Mark Barrow, Michael Bauer, Josh Faught, Frank Haines, Alex Hubbard, Rashid Johnson, Zak Prekop, Alan Reid, Erin Shirreff and J. Parker Valentine.
The exhibition's title derives from a particular British Paleolithic site of the same name. Such a specific title allows the exhibition to bind together disparate threads running through the works presented, many of which utilize essential materials like raw wood, wax, plaster, cloth and torn paper. Several works concern primitive crafts like weaving, tool-making, and altar-making, while others specifically address the idea of antiquity. Overall, each work possesses a certain rawness, either in materials, marks, or content.