September 3, 2015 – October 10, 2015
Curator: James MacDevitt
This large group exhibition, which brings together fourteen contemporary artists working in a wide range of media, seeks to explore various aesthetic engagements across a flat ontological field. Through the development of visible erasures, emergent structures, vicarious causations, and animate objects, the artists manage to probe the sensuous glue holding everything together, specifically the immanent interplay of vibrant matter and ‘dark’ energy, a dynamic tension of trace opposites refusing to resolve into a comfortingly knowable synthesis. As such, they emphasize not a shared spirit that permeates the world and animates all existence (while somehow remaining simultaneously external to creation), but rather the apophatic inaccessibility present within each and every object; a speculative grace. By avoiding the direct visualization of the unknowable, the unthinkable, and unspeakable, these works demonstrate how one might transcend the whole notion of transcendence; how to recognize, paradoxically, that the only thing that does not actually exist is the world itself. The beautiful irony, of course, is that, when nothing is transcendent, every thing is.