Everything that gathers blows away
Time was like water….but I was the sea….And now the dark air is like fire on my skin
And even the moonlight is blinding….
(Townes van Zandt, the Rake)
Embedded in each cultural construction there is a forlorn hope: a hope that the imposition of
systems will make meaning, or lead to change, to order, ….but order is. cosmically speaking, a
symptom of decay. Curation, a gesture of assemblage, is an attempt to construct an argument
from different languages. It is a way of making a case for a truth, but truth is unstable…it is
subject to context, and shows up differently in different lights.
Each object we touch has the potential to function as a time machine. It is a translation device
that makes a bridge between the experience of the host (artist) and guest (viewer) . Each of us
is the carrier of a unique distillation of our collective historical experience(s). We are all carriers
of the same virus, but it isn’t (only) language, as Derrida famously said…it is also history.
The artists in this show explore the collision of personal and political, social and spiritual
systems, regimes of capitalism and desire. They speak from across the globe in a cacophony of
media. Where do their narratives converge? Each in their own way attempts to think the
unthinkable: a future that is unimaginably alien, a present tense that is mysterious and
unknowable, or heal a past full of wounds and loss. What does it mean for the world as we
know it to come to an end? And doesn’t that take place, in ways large and small, for all of us,
There is a saying: Kali, the Hindu goddess of change, is terrifying to those that fear her, but
beautiful to those who embrace her.
Please join us as we try and hold a thought in our memory for the brief moment it takes to share
it, before it shifts, and fades, before it is no longer true, before the summer falls away and falls
apart. All that remains to us is now—-which does not in fact remain at all.
Abigail Simon July 2016
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