Saturday, 13 November 2010

Parallax Exhibition at la Galleria Pall Mall opens on Nov 22

Some artists exhibiting in the Parallax Exhibition at La Galleria In Pall Mall  are: Sarah Tse (China, b. 1985); Pasquale Abbatiello (Italy, b. 1985); Matthew Collins
(USA, b. 1970); Van Rainy Hecht-Nielsen (USA, b. 1974); Adam Reeder (USA, b. 1976); Robert Bodem (USA, b.
1971); Aaron Camilleri Cauchi (Malta, b. 1979); Alexey Golovin (Russia, b. 1977).

Why is Parallax exhibition important?
Parallax exposes how we use Art History, History and Museology to
fabricate and buttress an illusion of Modernity. Key to this is the
assumption that meaning, often in the form of Artists’ ideas or a
zeitgeist, inheres in Art Objects (Painting, Sculpture, Installation
etc.). Our belief that we can “read” Andy Warhol or Damien Hirst
from their Films and Paintings involves an element of
anthropomorphic projection, the personification of inert and
inanimate objects. The fantasy that “art” is a visual “language”
delimits meaning and is the possible basis for a cultural and
pedagogical technocracy. In conjunction, we have also constructed
an Art History archive of periods, styles and genres often
forgetting that this artificial system is an interpretation of an
inaccessible Past. Our Modernity (and Postmodernity) then is
contrived and ideologically formatted. We construct the Past, and
its representative Art or Objects, in order to stage our desired
Present and Future. Our expectation of the “art” that can, and
should, embody our sense of modernity in the Present, is a choice
and not an objective reality of some kind. Drawing poetically on
the semantic paradoxes of “parallax”, “en avant” and “idem
sonans”, Parallax exposes the pretence of our artistic Modernity by
visually metaphorising its internal contradictions as well as
celebrating the rhetorical nature of knowledge creation.

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