Coincidental Opposites

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tscw 1, 2009 Blood, Copper Preserved On Plexiglas, Uv Resin 60 X 60 X 3 In.
Coincidental Opposites
Curated by: Tracy Causey-Jeffery

15 Broad St. #1428
10005 New York
July 16th, 2010 - August 23rd, 2010
Opening: July 16th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-6 or by appointment
photography, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, pop, figurative, sculpture


BROOKLYN, NY - For its Summer Group Show, Causey Contemporary is pleased to announce, “Coincidental Opposites” featuring the works of  Shen Chen*, R. L. Croft, Michel Demanche, Jordan Eagles, Cui Fei, Young Kim, Norman Mooney and Zane York. The public reception at the gallery’s 92 Wythe Ave location will take place on Friday July 16th from 6- 9 pm. The public is invited to attend this event and visit the gallery during our summer hours, Wed - Fri 12 - 6 pm, Sat & Sun 12 - 6 pm and Mon 9 am to 4 pm.

Coincidental Opposites comes from the latin phrase “coincidentia oppositorum” and is a term used to describe the polarities or yin and yang of the universe.  Latin is not however the first language in which these terms were coined but rather in archaic Chinese when the 6th century  B.C. philosopher, Lao Tze began to suggest that “there can be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.”   The Christian and Jewish Mystic traditions again put forth this philosophy in the 15th century with writers such as Nicholas of Cusa who voiced the concept as the “unity of contrarieties overcoming opposition by convergence without destroying or by merely blending the constituent elements.”   The alchemists of the period quickly adapted the term as synonymous with their fifth process, conjunction.  Later thinkers such as Meister Elkhart and G.W. F. Hegel further stretched the definition to hold that presumed polarities in thought don’t exclude one another but are actually necessary conditions for the assertion of their opposites.   Artists throughout all these time periods and indeed today have struggled to illustrate the coincidental opposites as they encountered them. Through their creations, their audiences have also been forced to consider this duality as well. It is this trait in art that we examine in a small way with this exhibition. The eight artists within the exhibition explore either obliquely through references or directly with their materials/symbols the coincidental opposites of  beauty and the grotesque, permanence and impermanence,  attraction and repulsion, solid and non solid, soft and hard, yielding and lethal as well as  full and empty.   Within their art, each of the eight artists utilize the coincidental opposites to help them approach the sublime, react to events in the world around them and or give birth to new ideas or thought processes.

Shen Chen* creates abstract ethereal minimalist paintings where the making of the paintings is as important as the completed work.While Norman Mooney’s carbon on paper drawings create a sense of pulsating depth drawing the viewer in.  R.L. Croft’s Silo incorporates consumer and industrial materials to create a vessel which suggests mobility and impermanence, while Cui Fei’s installation Not Yet Titled uses materials found in nature like sprigs to visualize the interconnectedness of the natural world.  Young Kim’s temporal figurative portraits created using salt and earth tap into the dichotomy of nature’s fleeting, yet permanent existence.  Michel Demanche’s Beautiful Delmarva series is a 10 year photographic project examining the the entropic change, started by man and finished by nature of the landscape and people of Somerset County Maryland. Jordan Eagles’s aesthetic borders the fine line between beauty and the raw visceral life force, blood.  Using animal blood from slaughterhouses Eagles preserves the vitality and energy of the pieces encasing them in plexiglass and UV resin.  Last but not least, Zane York’s paintings manage to project a uniquely visual experience that is specific in subject, yet richly indirect in content.

About the Gallery:  Causey Contemporary represents exquisite technically and conceptually challenging art. The gallery exhibits the work of its core group of 13 artists in 11 show annually, in addition to hosting special exhibitions by other critically recognized artists. Causey Contemporary participates in two or more international art fairs annually and also organizes international touring exhibitions. Causey Contemporary and its artists have been covered in ARTnews, Artforum, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and multiple other art and culture publications. Gallery artists are included in the collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and other institutions throughout the world. Established in 1999 as Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art founder and Director Tracy Causey-Jeffery changed the gallery name in September 2009 in honor of her parents. In March 2010, the gallery relocated to its new 4,000 square foot location at 92 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

For more information on Coincidental Opposites or the artists in the exhibition please call the gallery at 718-218-8939 or email

*Shen Chen’s work is being loaned courtesy of Cynthia Reeves Gallery.