STILL UTOPIA: ISLANDS

STILL UTOPIA: ISLANDS

 

Gallery MC,

Exhibition new dates are planned for October 24th to November 14th. 

 

549 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Curated by: Gorazd Poposki 

Concept: Simonetta Moro, Aga Ousseinov

 

“Utopia has a big advantage with respect to ideology […] ideology is based on a banal fact: I am right, and if you don’t agree with me, I’ll kill you (20th century ideologies demonstrate this). Utopia is different: I already know that it won’t be feasible, so I’m not going to bother you too much with it, but I am going to suggest that you dream that what I propose may be possible.” 

(Philippe Daverio, from a lecture)

 

Still Utopia: Island is the latest iteration of an ongoing collective project involving a number of artists adopting the surrealist technique of the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse).

 

The theme of Still-Utopia intentionally plays on the ambiguity of the word “still”: as something that’s persisting, but also immobile, as something caught at a “standstill.” Utopia can be anything you think of as connected to place, non-place, other places, dreams, visions for the future, impossible projects, or things that used to be thought impossible until they became true. The Islands are the fragments themselves that become archipelagos once they are connected with one another in the loose assemblage of the exquisite corpses.

Aside from minimal indications dictated by the rules of the game, no further directions will be assigned to the artists: each works without knowing what the other does. The pieces are assembled together at the end of the work, just before the show. The fragments will act as parts of a rebus, as if the artists were trying to put together the pieces of a communication that broke apart long ago.

Definition of Exquisite Corpse (From the Tate Gallery website): Cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse) is a collaborative drawing approach first used by surrealist artists to create bizarre and intuitive drawings. Cadavre exquis is similar to the old parlour game consequences – in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold to conceal what they have written, and pass it on to the next player – but adapted so that parts of the body are drawn instead. It was invented in 1925 in Paris by the surrealists Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert, André Breton and Marcel Duchamp. The name ‘cadavre exquis’ was derived from a phrase that resulted when they first played the game, ‘le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau’(‘the exquisite corpse will drink the new wine’). 

Participating Artists:

Veronika Sheer, Aga Ousseinov, Andrew Ginzel, Donald Baechler, Arthur Simms, Nicole Cohen, Rebecca Hackemann, Tomas Vu, Marcia Ribeiro, Ron Gorchov, Predrag Dimitrijevic, Jim Osman, Jill Moser, Brian Miller, Jonathan Allen, Michel Kanter, Jeannie Weissglass, Davide Raffin, Barnaby Fitzgerald, Jennifer Nuss, Nils Karsten, Pietro Finelli, Silvia Lepore, Brian Novatny, Leslie Wayne, Marius Lehene, Simonetta Moro, Don Porcaro, Gorazd Poposki, Roberto Davide Valerio, Lucy Fradkin, Deirdre Kelly, Elaine Angelopoulos.