"How to Float Above the Psychic Stampede and Other Traditional Remedies"
A family of a lumber stud creatures face a digital screen, mesmerized by the sight of their own
electronic reflection. Jungle tree frogs call out over a rave bass beat sending ripples over the
surface of a pond. The chorus of nearly extinct voices echoes in a space portentously bracketed by
monolithic satellite dishes. The metallic mesh bowl of each dish is woven with tiers of silky thread
in mandala-like patterns; a compulsively linear attempt to record a long lost signal, webs of dreams spun within bleakly indifferent communication devices.
It’s official. On a terminally ill planet, in the face of irreversible damage and in the absence of any
larger vision that could suggest the possibility of either social justice or common good, a wave of
panic has begun to mount. Shedding a thin layer of civility, an inadmissible, secretly harbored
nihilism raises its head. The specter of a crawling, slow-motion apocalypse takes on tangible form.
Irresolvable global resource conflicts cast long shadows over contemporary societies precipitating
the long suppressed realization that an ultimate war between individual beings has erupted. Streetcorner doomsayers have their day. Courtesy of the gratification industry, individual links and larger social fabrics are shredded under a pressure of freshly nurtured desires. Mortal fear and savage hostilities ripple through metropolitan crowds. The psychic stampede has begun!
Will an omphalos carved into a stone, a center of gravity that hopes to hold, summon a grounding
Born in Poland, Jan Baracz lives and works in New York. He is a graduate of NYU, Bard College
and the Whitney Independent Study program and has been the recipient of awards from the
Asian Cultural Council, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, Artists
Space and the Kosciusko Foundation, among others. His work has been exhibited extensively in
New York and internationally at venues including Art Unlimited at Art Basel, the Sculpture Center
and the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland. His most recent solo exhibition was
"Reality Cinema/LIVE VIDEO", a socio-cinematic installation that premiered at Art in General in
2008 for which he built a theatre that screened live images from the street outside. His
photography has appeared in The Paris Review, American Letters & Commentary and Jane
magazine. This is his first solo exhibition with Stephan Stoyanov Gallery.