“In Our Cave We See Shadows” Exhibition


poster for “In Our Cave We See Shadows” Exhibition
[Image: Elissa Levy "The Cult of Physicality II" (2012) Newspaper, gouache, gel pen, spray paint, pins 32 ¼ x 40 in.]

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Curated by Fanny Allié & Ketta Ioannidou

Mythmaking has provided explanations for human existence and nature from ancient times through the present day. Supernatural and fictitious beings and unworldly scenarios have materialized throughout history in societies around the world. From interpretations of social or natural phenomenon, exaggerations and misrepresentations of truths and invented stories and ideas, the exhibition In our cave we see shadows brings together a group of international artists who create stories or interpret life through their own personal folklore.

The exhibition “In Our Cave We See Shadows” consists of a visual collection of imaginary stories, fictitious places and/or characters that relate to mythological narratives, states of mind or ideas. Analyzing the connection between the subconscious with contemporary metaphors, the works selected draw upon mythology to explore fears and desires that while illogical and unrealistic, are based on reality and personal beliefs.

Michelle Basora’s work combines the psychological and the mythical to take the viewer into a place of innocence while chasing the elusive phantasms of the unconscious. Through the variety of his practice, Julien Gardair discovers his own
stories in the making while “trusting his hands” and looking for the unexpected. Lenio Grohmann’s paintings are mythical landscapes whose mountains symbolize a meeting place between heaven and earth and evoke an anxious desire to explore the interdependence between the real and the surreal.

In response to deeply nonsensical but nonetheless serious current events, Sofia Hager often produces infantile and colorful, yet sarcastic images creating spaces to provoke certain ideas that are, however, deliberately left incomplete. Elsie Kagan fuses the form and depth of familiar older paintings with a contemporary attention to paint’s materiality while looking for both pictorial space and surface presence, without sacrificing the power of each.

Elissa Levy takes imagery from newspapers and magazines, deconstructing ubiquitous male icons such as soldiers, athletes, celebrities and politicians, stripping them of identifiable cues of power or fame and reducing them to ghost-like apparition. In MaryKate Maher’s drawings, things pretend to be all right, to be acceptable, to blend in. There is an intimacy in this relationship, while embracing and pulling back against a type of structural apathy.

Alternative social formations and their relationship to the land are persistent areas of interest for Sarah Sharp. Her recent work explores visual representations of landscape and their shifting in the western mind with notions like hope, fear and “glory.”Nicolas Touron’s works are visual fables that simply exist on landscapes of absurdity and contrary to the classic fables, his pass no blame, contain no call to action, and offer no solutions.



from September 12, 2015 to October 04, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-09-12 from 18:00 to 21:00

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