16 October 2010
A few emerging artists working with REPRESENTATION…
Opening Tuesday 19 October 6-8pm
16 October – 10 November 2010
Curated by Caarl Lykert
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ART?
Over the past thousands of years art has been accumulating a burnished reputation from a diverse array of civilizations and peoples, hunters and gatherers, kings and queens, shamans and clerics, noblemen, dilettantes, historians, aestheticians, philosophers, anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, evolutionary biologists, bureaucrats, dictators, industrialists, advertisers and various other interested parties. Needless to say, given its historical record, it’s a good time to be interested in art – dividends are impressive, the quantity is astounding and the alcohol associated with it is still free.
Everyone knows that art is long in the tooth (its official history starts from around 30,000 B.C), but isn’t it fascinating to think about the first moment, thought or action enacted in the name of art? What was the crisis or ebullient force that compelled the first-artist to enter the addictively expedient world of REPRESENTATION? (And as it turns out, this pictorial-world is one in which we would never vacate – we’re all still here, just look around.) So what was the Palaeolithic cave dweller thinking when she first applied her experience of bison to the lumpy but courteous Spanish rock of the Altamira Cave, for example? Rationally, the bison remain silent if questioned.
Our thinking here follows a simple point, expressed eloquently by a man who was mad about history. ‘What is the human need which stimulates art-production?’ asks Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. His answer is more of a request. He asks you to imagine a boy throwing stones into a placid stream – an impulse this impish lad has when seeing this unaltered arena of liquid. Once the stone has been thrown and the splash witnessed, Hegel tells us, the boy marvels at the ripples caused by his actions. Why is this so?
For Hegel, the alterations in the water strip the world of ‘its inflexible foreignness’. The boy is satisfying the necessity of living in a pre-given, readymade world – he is putting himself before himself and before others (for an active demonstration of this log onto Twitter and/or Facebook). As Hegel hammers home;
We do all this, in order that we may as free agents divest the external world of its stubborn alienation…and in order that we may enjoy in the configuration of objective fact an external reality simply of ourselves.
Frankly, we need to show ourselves that the world still exists. Considering this, REPRESENTATION was a lucky find. So, on the off chance that you dislike this exhibition, just think of it as a torch carrier for art’s auspicious and populated history. It’s not so much that the world needs art, it’s that we need art in order to access the world – a preventive measure against stiff unfamiliarity. The consequence of this? If you’re interested in art, you’ll be happy to know that it’s still going on.
- C & R Eaves
Nando’s Crown Street Surry Hills supporting the local arts community by catering with their world famous PERi PERi chicken