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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

Return to that Particular Moment at 601Artspace

Return to that Particular Moment at 601Artspace

Image above: © Go Sugimoto
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Images Above: © Ashley Comer, from the opening reception

This exhibit explores recurring interrogations and reflections on time, language and the structures of memory that contribute to contemporary art practices. For many artists, collective memory involves a system of signs, symbols and practices whose remembrance or endurance is a social phenomenon. By contrast, Foucault defined counter-memories as an individual’s resistance against official historical continuity. Who remembers, what is the context of memory, and what does it oppose become relevant questions for art in our current cultural and critical environment.

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Baldessari_Junction Series2
Images Above: © John Baldessari, Junction Series:Briefcase (Abandoned?), Prisoner, Fisherman, Person Holding Books (Barely), 2003 / Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Each of these works offers a perceptual field that engages and rewards the viewer’s desire to “make sense.” As representations, they oscillate between the obvious and the obscure, the evident and the illusionary. As modes of inquiry or observation, one can consider their construction as contributing to a critical, productive ambiguity that yields to “after-thoughts” as well as to “pre” or “after-images.” Some reflect upon previous works or are derived from them, while others combine media to complicate the resolution of their literal or poetic meaning.

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Orozco_Home
Images Above: © Gabriel Orozco, Home, 2007 / Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

An associative sequence of images is at play in the installation, where the relationship of scale to content in each work creates meaning while challenging our conceptual and physical alignment. As 601Artspace prepares for its next home, this exhibit celebrates a suite of works culled from the collection, a supplement to our on-going dialog between public and individual markers of memory.

- Robert Blake, Curator

Artists include:
JOHN BALDESSARI VIJA CELMINS LUIGI GHIRRI WILLIAM KENTRIDGE LOUISE LAWLER ABELARDO MORELL VIK MUNIZ GABRIEL OROZCO GERHARD RICHTER ANALIA SABAN HIROSHI SUGIMOTO
Taryn Simon at Gagosian Gallery

Taryn Simon at Gagosian Gallery

Headshots: Contemporary Photographic Portraiture at ClampArt