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The Nothing That Is – Brand Library & Art Center

Curated by Christine Rasmussen & Yaron Daton

November 16, 2019 – January 17, 2020

Featured artists: Holly Boruck Arminée Chahbazian Chelsea Dean Yaron Dotan Dawn Marie Forsyth Jenn Fuentes Kaloust Guedel Michael Henry Hayden + Anthony Lepore Larry Kagan Andrew Paine Christine Rasmussen Colin Roberts Linda Vallejo Joséphine Wister Faure Monica Wyatt

Statement from the exhibition: Humans are innately creative. We have the ability to make something out of nothing, with just our bare hands. But lately our newest innovations have become soulless, the human touch lost in the pursuit of purported efficiency and flawless design.

In this show, the artists bear witness. Observe closely. Respond with hand-crafted objects. Through shadows, empty landscapes, broken and reassembled vessels, depictions of invisible people, and humans distorted by technology, an understanding begins to form. Delacroix said, “I can paint you the skin of Venus with mud, provided you let me surround it as I will.” Likewise, the artists declare: We will give you a human being made of emptiness provided you let us surround it as we will. They ask viewers to see for ourselves, suggesting, as Wallace Stevens did in his poem The Snow Man, that we behold the “nothing that is not there, and the nothing that is.”


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