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Station Independent Projects presents THICKET

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5 Feb 2017 to 26 Feb 2017
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Sophie Plimpton, Calm, 2016
Mixed media collage, 32 x 40 inches in THICKET
@ Station Independent Projects, NYC


Artists in this exhibition: Peter Bonner, Dianne Bowen, Claire Corey, Roya Farassat, Kylie Heidenheimer, Seren Morey, Sophie Plimpton, Richard Rivera, Becky Yazdan, Raphael Zollinger


THICKET
Curated by David Gibson

Artists: Peter Bonner, Dianne Bowen, Claire Corey, Roya Farassat, Kylie Heidenheimer, Seren Morey, Sophie Plimpton, Richard Rivera, Becky Yazdan, Raphael Zollinger

Opening February 5th from 6-8pm and on view through February 26th, 2017

In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself astray in a dark wood where the straight road had been lost sight of. How hard it is to say what it was like in the thick of thickets, in a wood so dense and gnarled the very thought of it renews my panic. It is bitter almost as death itself is bitter. But to rehearse the good it also brought me I will speak about the other things I saw there. --The Inferno by Dante Aligheri

Uncertainty is the measure of engagement that people who grapple with the struggles of life undergo. The feeling of being trapped in difficulties, our strength lessened by limits imposed. Yet uncertainty can also make us question what matters, and those questions emerge as expressions of identity. These expressions are a chance to be daring. So Dante is daring when he enters  Hell to search for his beloved Beatrice.

THICKET
engages with visual complexity and obscurity as an expression of a connection with the primeval depths of origin. I have been thinking about where we come from, as individuals, as a species, and mythically. We are constantly emerging from the darkness of identity.

The forest is supposed to symbolize innocence, a primeval space hidden from the peering eyes of civilized authority. It has also been the stage of rituals by Druidic priests, early celtic religions that preceded Christianity by a millennium. Man did not come down from the mountains but out of the forests, and in a thicket we have mysterious exceptions to the cleared lands that became farms, towns, and cities. The aesthetic of thickness or lushness originates out of an experience, less and less common, of nature in excess. These days, as reality TV interacts with the journalistic genre of wilderness, with sociologically diverse communities that are consistent to wildlife communities, and with the subsequent international crisis of climate change, the theme of nature as a direct model for artistic expression has become widespread.

THICKET explores abstract or ambiguous space as traditionally defined by late Modern Abstraction from Kandinsky to Pollock. This is typically characterized by the use of either expressive marking or layers of opacity, creating either a dense or diffuse palimpsest of detail and meaning. At some point it also departs from the painterly into mixed media assemblage, sculpture, and digital media, expanding upon the reception of denseness while at the same time accruing its cultural value.

David Gibson is a curator of thematic group exhibitions since 2000 and a writer on the visual arts and literature since 1996. He has a personal history in the New York professional art world, and has curated, taught, and lectured at a number of  nationally located art galleries and state universities. He currently holds forth at  THE GIBSON REPORT at www.tinyletter.com/gibsonreport


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