POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Installation view, Rachel Uffner Gallery
This week at The L Magazine I discuss Becket Bowes exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery. The teaser below:
Failure is the stale air exiting pillows on a two-legged couch. It’s a series of silk-screened paintings that reproduce nearly indecipherable pages from the academic paper “Failure of Interpolation in Modal Logics,” and a pathetic set of colored dominos set so far apart they wouldn’t even manage to domino. Failure is pitiful.
It’s also wretched… but that aspect doesn’t come into play much at the Becket Bowes exhibition “Failure Canon” described above at Rachel Uffner Gallery. According to the press release the show highlights art’s attempt to communicate and its inevitable failure to do so; that Bowes is so thoroughly effective in showcasing art’s limitations, suggests a false paradox. The artist’s success is not further evidence of failed communication, but reveals either a flawed or limited concept. After all, disproving one’s own thesis is an effective transmission of ideas, regardless of the concept.
To read the full piece click here.