“Recurrence” Exhibition

Fridman Gallery

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Curators Luisa Aguilar Solis and Georgia Horn, in conjunction with Fridman Gallery, are pleased to present Recurrence, a group exhibition featuring works by Edgar Arceneaux, Lauren Fensterstock, Nick McPhail, Colter Jacobsen and Ariana Papademetropoulos. Opening July 17th, 2014, Recurrence will examine issues of obsolescence, industrial decay, environment and cultural discard through the lens of Italo Calvino’s Daughters of the Moon. In this text, which was first published in 1968, Calvino anticipates with chilling accuracy the conditions of our contemporary reality, here in 2014. He writes: “In this world where every object was thrown away at the slightest sign of breakage or aging, at the first dent or stain, and replaced with a new and perfect substitute, there was just one false note, one shadow: the moon. It wandered through the sky naked, corroded, and gray, more and more alien to the world down here, a hangover from a way of being that was now outdated.” The narrative subsequently unfolds through Calvino’s imagined destruction and subsequent resurrection of the moon, critically examining the results of a society driven by the compulsive embrace of consumption, and the inevitable condition of obsolescence this establishes.

The exhibition focuses on a small group of aesthetically diverse artists whose work unfolds as an expression of our relationship to our physical environment, describing its decay as cyclical, rather than linear. The moon itself, an object of extraordinary symbolic significance, both ancient and contemporary — as well as one with an immense impact on our terrestrial environment — encourages an earnest engagement with concerns of obsolescence, and the tensions between past and present, light and dark. Within the compulsion for the new, we can also locate the nostalgia for the old: each of these artists exists somewhere in the liminal space between the two, referencing the past but existing in the present.



from July 17, 2014 to August 15, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-07-17 from 18:00 to 20:00

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