Saturday, April 2 – Saturday, May 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2, 2016 6-9 pm
Artist and Curator discussion: Saturday, April 2, 2016 4pm
(Torrance, CA) – (March 1, 2016) The Torrance Art Museum is pleased to present Doppelgänger on view from April 2 – May 28, 2016. Coordinated as a collaboration between German curators Dr. Julia-Constance Dissel and Sandra Mann, Los Angeles-based curator Ichiro Irie and Max Presneill, this exhibition explores similarities of practices that occur within globally expansive yet hyper-connected art production. Taking as its starting point similar thematics and/or formal artistic investigations (technique, material, methodologies, etc.) Doppelgänger reflects on similarity as a tool to investigate both the hyper-connectivity that exchanges issues, trends and impulses on global scale as well as the simultaneity of expression that it engenders. In this way, the curators engage the capacity of art's function as a seismograph for sociological development.
The concept of the “Doppelgänger” emerges from German romantic literature at the end of the eighteenth century and refers to an entity that possesses the likeness of another—a perfect look-alike. The curators have collected together 30 artists from Germany and North America whose juxtaposition in Doppelgänger aesthetically or thematically explores the increased growth of simultaneity in the arts as well as raising issues concerning the meaning of originality and authenticity in the arts.
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