Curated by Lalita Salander
March 25 – April 10th, 2015
CP Projects Space, 132 W 21st St, 10th Fl, New York, NY 10011
Opening Reception: March 24, 2015 6:00PM – 8:00PM
The School of Visual Art’s CP Projects Space is pleased to present an exploration of mind and matter with works by Rachel Garrard, Patrick Meagher, Caleb Nussear, Devin Powers, Daniel Subkoff, Panos Tsagaris and Michael Woody.
Finding methods to represent what may exist beyond the scope of our five sense perceptions has been a perennial fixation for artists throughout history. Whether responding to socially determined religious myths, expressing more personal revelations and visions or attempting to transmute the immaterial to a material form, the fabrication of artwork has often been used as an exercise of mind over matter.
In our contemporary context, as we spend most of our time gazing through the hyperreal screen of the Internet, our collective sense of tangible and intangible reality has correspondingly morphed. While we may be comfortable interacting in increasingly intangible ways across often great distances, there is a latent materialism at the basis of the technologies making this possible. At the same time (and without technological aid) multitudes of people across the world have premonitory dreams that come to pass, receive phone calls from someone they were concurrently thinking of or have memories and associations arise that they attribute to previous lives. As well, during the course of every day more than 150,000 people leave corpses behind as they die, like hermit crabs discarding inanimate shells. From a wider temporal vantage, nothing would appear tangible—mind or matter—as everything exists in perpetual flux.
The group of artists represented in this exhibition share an engaged interest in exploring the hidden or intangible qualities of natural phenomena that materialist theory and technological developments have not brought us closer to deciphering.