(N)EITHER SWORDS (N)OR PLOWSHARES: FUNCTIONAL (F)UTILITIES
The fourteen contemporary artists participating in (N)EITHER SWORDS (N)OR PLOWSHARES bare witness, through their work, to the fluid boundaries between matter and signification, offering up a fragmentary glimpse into the surplus of potentialities extent within the ‘use-objects’ that they themselves use as base-materials and/or discursive signifiers. While the exhibition as a whole deconstructs the famous war-to-peace transformational dichotomy (i.e. “beat your swords into plowshares”), the individual works are even more ambitious, seeking, in one way or another, to exist in the viewer’s mind as both utility and futility. Some of the works are fabricated - through processes of removal, addition, or assemblage - from actual tools or weapons, and thereby aesthetically manipulated and/or contextually reframed for purposes other than their 'original' function. Other pieces have been constructed out of alternative materials to simulate, or even function as, actual tools or weapons. But, whether crafted or refashioned, each work exists, paradoxically inside and outside a node of that proverbial sword/plowshare binary, as a functional futility.