Neti Neti (not this, not this)
Bose Pacia presents Neti-Neti (or, the comforts of cultural indeterminacy), a group show curated by Peter Nagy July 9 – August 16, 2008. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, July 8th from 6 to 8 pm. The public is invited.
Coming from the Advaita Vedanta branch of Hindu philosophy, Neti-Neti means "not this, not this" or "neither this, nor that." Artistic practice today seems to comfortably inhabit many interstitial grey areas in terms of content, forms, materials, techniques and cultural identities. Artists are attracted to subjects and ideas from all over the world, with scant regard to provenance or pedigree. Life is, ideally, multi-layered and confounding, full of cross-referencing as well as overlapping concerns. Cultural indeterminacy has become a preferred language and attitude, the most appropriate response for both the inhabitants of cyber-space and the polyphonic community of creative travelers.
The works assembled for the exhibition include painting, sculpture, photography and collage. If not actually hybridized from diverse materials, the works articulate through imagery and content a space that is in between tradition and contemporaneity, straddling cultures both Western and Eastern. Is this American art or Asian art? Critical thinking or multi-cultural confusion? Happily, we can ascertain that these works are "neither this, nor that." The works present the positive capabilities of visual and material forms to express that which language is inevitably inadequate to describe.