Rising, 2014

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Balloon / Portal / Starres / Fiends

Thursday, October 09 – Wednesday, November 12
Opening Reception: Friday October 17, 7-10pm

Liza Eurich
Paolo Fortin
Mackenzie Ludlow
Jenine Marsh
Jennifer Martin

Curated by Kim Neudorf

The works in balloon / portal / starres / fiends consider Donald Barthelme’s short story ‘The Balloon’ as both material and inspiration. In the story, a giant air balloon mysteriously appears over Manhattan. Reactions to the balloon vary wildly, involving a continued search for the meaning of the balloon’s existence. The text’s narrator offers: “It was suggested that what was admired about the balloon was finally this: that it was not limited, or defined. Sometimes a bulge, blister, or sub-section would carry all the way east to the river on its own initiative…This ability of the balloon to shift its shape, to change, was very pleasing, especially to people whose lives were rather rigidly patterned, persons to whom change, although desired, was not available. The balloon, for the twenty-two days of its existence, offered the possibility, in its randomness, of mislocation of the self, in contradistinction to the grid of precise, rectangular pathways under our feet.”

Conversations between the curator and the exhibiting artists have accumulated into a game of writing: notes/findings/associations in excess of the exhibited work have been collected from each artist and used as material for an exhibition text. View PDF

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