Gallery Diet is extremely pleased to announce the opening of ASTRAL WEEKS curated by Van Hanos. This show is the second in a two-part series of exhibitions ART BLOG ART BLOG is presenting at Gallery Diet during the summer of 2012.
ASTRAL WEEKS will feature works by Liz Deschenes, Brock Enright, Keltie Ferris, Jackie Gendel, Brion Gysin, Heist/Breyer P-Orridge, Corinne Jones, Jon Kessler, Nicolas Lobo, Rory Parks, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Chad Scoville, and Patrick Walsh.
This exhibition stems from the ideas and questions motivated by a single artwork by Brion Gysin. The Dream Machine is an anomaly within the history of art, the only known artwork that is fully activated as the viewer closes their eyes. Taken as such, it suggests an evaluation of how artwork is viewed; its function, its value, and the language we use to engage with it.
Bringing together a wide range of practices, each artist investigates both the limits of set material conditions and ways of seeing by exploring physical mechanics, preconceptions of form and abstraction, and the relationship between the object and how it is perceived.
This introduction of a new way of viewing, as simple as it may be, presents a dramatic shift in what may be the task set ahead of the artist. This is not to proclaim that new ways of viewing are now criteria for successful work but rather Gysin’s exemplar reminds us, thankfully, that no part of the art making process is fixed—calling to question the status quo of function, inspiration, and execution—and creating a productive artistic dilemma inviting a more engaged and rigorous exploration of ideas.
ASTRAL WEEKS runs from July 19 to September 1, 2012 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 19, 6-9 pm.