The works in this exhibition highlight THE tensions between the concept of eternal return and the singularity of each human’s perception and experience. Disillusionment and self-involvement can be frightening. Even though we might understand that we are made of particles and waves, and that such wave function implies a super-connectedness of the individual, it is still difficult to perceive. And yet, here we are, human bodies moving through space and time in ways we can’t fully comprehend, for reasons we don’t understand, eternally.
Zora Neale Hurston wrote that “nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person. That is natural.” But what of the things that we create? What truly differentiates the objects and representations that we create in real or digital space? The limits of our perception dictate that we only ‘live’ in this perceivable world of objects and representations, and these things are the things we consider as natural. We are the product of our collective evolution, as bodies and as minds, yet differ so widely on how we dilute that information and pursue that evolution.
Consumerism and digital culture are often blamed for a perceived shallowness, incoherence, and self-imposed ignorant bliss. Many of the artists in this show use objects as a language without directly addressing their consumer origin, placing them in cultural and existential limbo. Art making itself is primarily object based - but as our digital and physical worlds collide, the lines that differentiate what an object is and what a representation is become less clear, as does our understanding of our interactions with these objects and their meaning.
Each artist on view here grapples with this tension in their work. They are tied together by an acute sense of amor fati (a Latin phrase loosely translated as "love of one's fate") and they have reacted to these existential, material quandaries with humor, authenticity and honesty.