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Vegetable Weapon-Mutton Hot Pot/Beijing, 2002 Unique C Print 44 1/2 X 61 7/16 In © Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
Open::Closed
Curated by: David Howe

601 West 26th St.
Suite 1755 (17th Floor)
New York, NY 10001
May 17th, 2012 - September 29th, 2012
Opening: May 17th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://601artspace.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
United States
EMAIL:  
info@601artspace.org
PHONE:  
212-243-2735
OPEN HOURS:  
Thurs-Sat, 1-6 and by appt.

DESCRIPTION

Where are the rifts and fractures, the pivots and hinges, the tilts and balances between open and closed systems?

People do need to know that Polaris, the North Star, is always in the North. But in today's world, daily life is increasingly digital, binary, polarized, on-off. At risk are the pleasures of ambiguity, possibility, change, and imagination.

Seeking the terrain that lies between open and closed, fixed and flexible, Open::Closed offers the viewer multiple vantage points from which to view the exhibition, disrupting the seemingly neutral experience of looking at art. At the same time, the exhibition focuses on works that explore the conflict between open and closed systems. It is with this double move--one that takes place first in the artworks themselves and then in the way those works are represented--that we ask the viewer and the works to anticipate the arrival of the unexpected.