A Wrinkle in Time, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn.

September 19, 2008

A Wrinkle in Time, BRIC Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY
Opening September 10th, 2008

From “a few notes on A Wrinkle in Time,” BRIC Rotunda blog:

Baseera Khan and Johanna Taylor describe “A Wrinkle in Time” as artists responding to the barrage of dates and events of our time. Barrage is the right word indeed. I saw many of the artists in “A Wrinkle In Time” responding to the sheer flow of information today as much as to the information itself. For instance, Jason Varone’s “Landscape of Telecommunicated Sounds” uses sound clips of world crises as raw material in the creation of a physical landscape. In the context of so many others, each sound clip’s content is effectively erased and the whole becomes more important than the part. I could not help but think about how this reflects the way many listeners and viewers experience news media today with compassion fatigue.

How do we overcome fatigue? What is the next phase? Josey Hale’s “Throw Down” begs those questions. As I walked around a tepee-construction of monochromatic, textless, protest signs, I thought about the double meanings of the phrase, “throw down.” Throw down your signs in defeat, I wondered, or does throw down signify the start of a new fight? The lack of text on the signs seemed to signify the artist’s critique of the power of traditional street protests, and yet the signs did not quite seem abandoned either, but anthropomorphized into a kind of huddle.

Hale and Varone’s pieces made me think about how overwhelming and disappointing it can be to live in a world where we are so interconnected to others while being unable to empathize or effect change we want.

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