The Matricide (An Artificial Grammar for Nature)
Curated by Steven Henry Madoff
September 20 - October 4, 2014
CP Projects Space, 132 W 21st St, 10th Fl, New York, NY 10011
“We will no longer reify nature because we are nature and everything is natural.”
—Pippi Zornoza, Mother
Yet it could it be argued that if we are nature, that nature is also us—and we are creatures of grammar, of conventions of speech and rules of behavior, of modes of exchange and symbologies of artifice. We stand before each other and enact our presences, which are constructions and concords of natural senses mapped onto the customs of social artifice we make and continually remake. We murder the mother, Nature, to give birth to her again, in each regeneration of actions, of speech acts, of the fabrication and dereliction of feelings, of monuments to the done and the undone and the redone. Strands of light in the continuum of color’s temperatures, arrangements of sounds, manners of drawing, constructions of how the body is in hot and cold, how we smell what we are and what surrounds us in enviornments that speak of the sublime and the artificial sublime or not any form of sublimity but the banal and the terrifying in the vast literature of the Real. What is it to feel? we ask. What is the body? And there are always answers. Each epoch answers anew, with the technologies in hand to answer again—or beneath the technologies, what it is to form the syntaxes of experience, shapes of knowing from the materials of the world and those worlds that unfold in us and that cover the surfaces of our making.
Artists: Kate Harding, Mathias Kessler, JaeWook Lee and Ali Van, Michael Severance, Tribble & Mancenido, Pippi Zornoza and Coral Short