November 29, 2010

Betwixt & Between

Betwixt & Between - exhibition image - Tom Thayer, artist

Betwixt & Between – exhibition image – Tom Thayer, artist

November 11th, 2010 – January 22nd, 2011

An opening reception will be held November 11, 2010, 6 pm–8 pm.

Betwixt & Between is a group exhibition of contemporary short videos that inject the ordinary domestic landscape with existential content and psychological slippages. Informed by the visual and conceptual strategies of the Surrealists, and echoing their simple, direct methods for constructing dream-like experiences, the artists in Betwixt & Between create works that reveal the authority, alienation, and desire embedded in everyday objects and occurrences.

Exploring the flexibility and contradictory nature of the medium, the artists construct non-narrative videos that recall the emotional freedom of childhood; the curiosity of wonderment and the intrigue of the forbidden underscore many of the works exhibited.  Mundane settings and items are repurposed in unexpected ways to glimpse into worlds uncertain and fantastic. Within these haunted realms, time is stretched, condensed, and fractured to unsettling effect.

The title of the exhibition references Albert Camus’s 1937 collection of short writings, L’Envers et l’endroit (Betwixt and Between) in which the author describes the joys and complexities of being in an ambiguous, intedeterminate space while emphasizing the romantic paradox of human existence. That “there can be no love of life without despair of life” is a sentiment articulated throughout Betwixt & Between.

Although the artists assembled in the exhibition vary in style and practice, their works share an unexpected beauty, and reveal a common aspiration to bring new awareness to the body and consciousness by questioning the moral ambiguity of the ordinary in surprising and often humorous ways. Participating artists include Terry Fox, Nadia Hironaka, Alex Hubbard, Takeshi Muratra, Jeff Ostergren, Delphine Reist, Hiraki Sawa, Carrie Schneider, and Tom Thayer.

Betwixt & Between will mark the second time that Swiss artist Delphine Reist has exhibited in the United States. Betwixt & Between is organized by Liza Statton.

On January 20, 2011, Artspace will host a one-night-only live event, in which choreographers Rachel Bernsen and Adele Myers will execute original performances prepared in dialogue with select video works on view in the gallery.  Cathy Edwards, Director of Performance Programs at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, will lead a post-performance discussion with the dancers and several exhibiting artists.

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