CANCELLED:Documents of Resistance—To Date, Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art at James Madison University, VA. Mar 17 - Apr 19, 2020. Artist Lecture and Opening Reception: March 16, 5-7 p.m., Gallery Courtyard.
Revolutions always result in the dissolution of power; the curious fracturing of what once appeared solid. No longer does the eye have a single focal point. Instead, it opens up like a wide-angle lens to reveal the millions of people at play within this movement of power. Or else it zooms onto a street corner, an alleyway, or a vacant lot for traces of a more discrete source of power. Even the outer lying suburbs are panned and scrutinized. In Chris Marker's 1977 film-essay 'A Grin Without Cat/Le fond de l'air est rouge,' the narrator asks "Why is it that images sometimes tremble?" In this case, it is the lack of a focal point that causes the eye to tremble. The eye is given no rest.
The work in this exhibition shares the theme of power. Some exude this through the material choices and process, while others keep it contained like a battery. Still there are others who are more curious, testing, searching for the ever-illusive sources of discrete power.