Thursday, January 22, 2009

Day 216: Conflicted state

Stephen B. Nguyen, "Glass House" 2008, Oil paint and gloss varnish on interior wall, 26'x8,5'

"A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure." - Theodor Adorno

"Contemporary life is defined by conflict, and to a large extent, our identities are shaped by these pressures. In and of itself, conflict is neither negative nor positive; warring ideas divide and destroy as much as they force self-reflection and creative resolution. The artists in this exhibition each address a unique set of contradictory impulses in their work. Driven by the medium, inquiries into visual perception, collaboration propelled by antagonistic interaction, memories of a personal past, and fears for the future, these artists don't present solutions, but grapple from within the suspended moment of conflict, to reach a path of self-discovery. Several pieces in the exhibition hint at a desire for escape-from reality, the past, or ourselves-and a frustrated inability to do so. As humans, we yearn for resolution. Instead, we are caught in a perpetual state of contradiction from which, as these seven artists show us, the creative act emerges." -from the Ise Foundation website

Tonight is the opening, see you there and congrats to all!

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