A group show. "Every image is offered our gaze is only presented, in its very obviousness, by means of the disconcerting economy of paradoxes that are always tied up with other paradoxes" (G. Didi-Huberman). On show works by John Cage, Jesse Cohen, Quentin Curry, Philippe Decrauzat, Matias Faldbakke, Steven Parrino, Seth Price and many more.
Arranged by Front Desk Apparatus
Artists: John Cage, Jesse Cohen, Quentin Curry, Philippe Decrauzat, Matias Faldbakken, Amy Granat, Gareth James, Jacob Kassay, Jutta Koether, Amir Mogharabi, Steven Parrino, Seth Price, Josef Strau, Andy Warhol
Every image is offered our gaze is only presented, in its very obviousness, by means of the disconcerting economy of paradoxes that are always tied up with other paradoxes. Every image is offered only as a maddening, often sublime, intensity of simultaneous contradictions, a meeting of heterogeneous orders that move unhindered between thing-representations and word-representations. But in this "freedom" of imaginary associations, we have to recognize a true fact of structure, where every image becomes clear only in passing within view of all the others, however disparate or dissemblant they are among themselves. (Georges Didi-Huberman)
The abyss summons us, and we lend an ear. (E.M. Cioran)
Death is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered.
(The Holy Bible, Job 26:6)
Destruction is Real.
More so than progress which persists unknowingly and without consent.
The violence of destruction is always apparent, always visible, always
palpable, the most pungent odor that forbids its masking.
No line or imaginings, no shapes or composing or representings, no visions or
sensations or impulses, no symbols or signs or impastos, no decoratings or
colorings or picturings, no pleasures or pains, no accidents or ready-mades, no
things, no relations, no attributes, no qualities - nothing that is not of the essence.
What could provide more telling evidence of the perpetual, far
reaching and yet ever – dissimulated overtness, of Nothing in
our existence than negation? (Martin Heidegger)
With a disdain for passivity and complacency, the perpetuation of the
myth comes to halt.
Defying the absolute.
Negation is always, in its concrete action – political or artistic – suspended
between destruction and subtraction. (Alan Badiou)
A struggle to amend.
Art in the period of dissolution, as a movement of negation in pursuit of its own transcendence in a historical society where history is not yet directly lived, is at once an art of change and a pure expression of the impossibility of change.
All of this is obscure. The reader is invited to penetrate this darkness in order to find in it a theory, or to experience fellow feelings – those feeling that unite all men and particularly the blind. (Marcel Broodthaers)
Image: Amy Granat, Chemical Scratch (Return of the Creature), 2003
16mm film transfered to DVD, sound
Opening May 24, h 6-8PM
7025 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm