Discursive Arrangements, or Stubbornly Persistent Illusions

July 14 - August 13, 2011

Curated by Timothy Hull and Lumi Tan

Opening Reception: July 14, 2011 6-8 pm

 

Mathew Cerletty, Devon Costello, Timothy Hull, Ryan Mrozowski, Thomas and Renée Rapedius, Sean Raspet, Ruby Sky Stiler, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton, Allyson Vieira

Discursive Arrangements, Stubbornly Persistent Illusions, installation view, 2011
Timothy Hull, T.D.A.G.A.R.I.M., 2011 gel pen on paper 22 x 37 1/2 inches
Ryan Mrozowski, untitled (XIII), 2011 book page, light bulb, and frame 23 x 20 x 9 inches
Discursive Arrangements, Stubbornly Persistent Illusions, installation view, 2011
Allyson Vieira, Cave Painting, 2010 watercolor on paper 12 x 20 inches
Allyson Vieira, Athens Fire, 2010 watercolor on paper 12 x 20 inches
Mathew Cerletty, Winkies, 2009 oil on linen 24 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
Discursive Arrangements, Stubbornly Persistent Illusions, installation view, 2011
Ruby Sky Stiler, no title (wall relief, wavy hair), 2011 foam, acrylic resin, polymer adhesive, spray paint 18 x 15.5 inches
Ruby Sky Stiler, no title (wall relief, polka-dot wedge), 2011 foam, acrylic resin, polymer adhesive, spray paint 10 x 8 inches
Ruby Sky Stiler, no title (wall relief, horizontal pattern), 2011 foam, acrylic resin, polymer adhesive, spray paint 10 x 8 inches
Ruby Sky Stiler, no title (wall relief, fade wedge), 2011 foam, acrylic resin, polymer adhesive, spray paint 10 x 8 inches
Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton, The Royal Lion Hunt, 2009 black and white digital print adhered to wall, gold coin/chain hanging element, interior wall decals, vintage postcard
Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton, The Royal Lion Hunt, 2009 black and white digital print adhered to wall, gold coin/chain hanging element, interior wall decals, vintage postcard
Discursive Arrangements, Stubbornly Persistent Illusions, installation view, 2011
Thomas and Renée Rapedius, Blätterrauschen, 2011 black and white photos and xerox 75 x 44 inches
Devon Costello, I don't mind emotional trauma, 2011 oil on canvas 30 x 32 inches
Discursive Arrangements, Stubbornly Persistent Illusions, installation view, 2011

Press Release

Einstein claimed that “the distinction between past, present and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” The works in this exhibition exist between this idea of illusion and that of the “discursive arrangement,” which is formed from associations and references drawn from strands of disparate elements, creating a web of ideas, images, and objects to appear simultaneously authentic and inconsistent.

Using the prism of the symbolic, real, and imaginary realms, the material from which the work is drawn exists amongst the detritus of collected cultural images, thoughts and memories. This trinity is a stage for reflection and association, as we understand that art is not created in a vacuum but operates in a collective cultural subconscious.

The use of this psychoanalytic reference is not merely a clever trope, but usefully serves as a framework for understanding the way in which the artist subjectively processes image and object as a reflective medium, much in the way the early Catholic mystic St. Catherine of Siena believed the Trinity to be a mirror that reflected itself infinitely while also reflecting the subject, a philosophical metaphor that has also found its use in psychoanalytic discourse. The experience of arranging these subjectively recognized images, thoughts, objects, and signifiers into an artwork offers both the artist and audience a new way of looking at a historical moment or a present situation. Gertrude Stein believed that “everything is contemporary” and why should we not think so?

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