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Chasm

Painting, Sculpture group exhibition

23 Sep 2019 - 16 Dec 2019

Statement

In the past two decades, factors such as the pervasiveness of the digital arena, the ever-increasing complication of theories, the exaggerated obscuring of the language of thought and the distancing of actual tangible experiences, have led to a rise in theories. Theories such as new materialism, spiritual materialism and object oriented ontology are large portions of these approaches emphasize the material and the object that have lessened the role of language, the human agency and humanism. The result for the visual arts is the circulation of countless artworks with the main idea being audience experience. In order to stimulate the experience, monumental scales, object centered work and the utilization of uncommon and special materials give the audience a tangible feeling, nostalgia, associative, ruin, lust and etc. These are all used to leave the observer drowning in this powerful spectacle, leaving them speechless and numb so that their ability to withstand its ability to reflect and act is suppressed.

The works in this exhibition, chosen from the Malek Foundation collection do not follow this direction. Neither do they associate with a contemporary sublime, nor do they impose the numbing of monumentalism.

Most of the works are objective and are object and less image. Even though the used materials play a decisive role, the language (text and speech) has not been marginalized. Some of them contain unique materials and unique text and more importantly despite the stimulating the emotion do not remain on this level despite the arousal of feelings and sentiment. Firstly, the essence of these emotions ate not private, romantic and envying past nostalgia.. Secondly, the severity of the bitterness and darkness is not on a level to numb the audience and suppress their agencies Enumerating the examples of the elements and materials utilized in these works would be helpful. There are plastic black flowers, human breath, a metal coffin in a grave of dry cracked earth, lambskins, camel saddles, rusted iron, driftwood, reins, leather handles, metal hooks, thread, rope, weathered plastic, tarps, black iron, cement, tar, broken antique ceramic and crystal urns, raw petroleum, meat grinder, pacifiers, old office folders stuck together and suspended. The accompanying texts are neither decorative or plays on words nor are they neutral or inactive. To comprehend and to fathom the purpose of their expression in the here and now, one must resort to contemplation. 

 

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