WHAT THE VOID CAN HOLD

KAREL APPEL + JOSEF ALBERS + JOHN BALDESSARI + THOMAS HART BENTON + CHARLES BURCHFIELD + PAUL CEZANNE + JOHN STUART CURRY + STUART DAVIS + RICHARD DIEBENKORN + LUCIO FONTANA + JOE GOODE + ADOLPH GOTTLIEB + WILLIAM GROPPER + DAVID HOCKNEY + ELLSWORTH KELLY + JACOB LANDAU + ROY LICHTENSTEIN + RICHARD LONG + MICHAEL MAZUR + PETER MILTON + LOUISE NEVELSON + PHILIP PEARLSTEIN + MARTIN PURYEAR + ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG + DAVID SALLE + RICHARD SERRA + ANTONI TÀPIES + TERRY WINTERS + GRANT WOOD

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, MARXHAUSEN GALLERY OF ART

NOVEMBER 03–DECEMBER 21, 2013

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What the Void can Hold seeks a new read, both visually and conceptually, on the permanent collection of Concordia University’s Marxhausen Gallery of Art through seemingly disparate dualities.

Extracting specific works and making deliberate forced juxtapositions, the space of the gallery is warped into moments of anxiety and ease. By distorting conventionality, disturbing moments of tension arise. It is within this agitation that the anxiety and paranoia of the subject are exploited. As the collection is dissected, works are re-contextualized, thus forming new understandings on preconceived thoughts. In this juxtaposition, there is a shift in perspective and re-arrangement of the senses.

What the Void can Hold is an exercise of exploring the void as an aggressive means to inspire horror and introspection. This void is far from a vacuum of emptiness. But rather, the void is full of endless possibilities and a passage to further exploration. It poses as a means to reverberate the shifting relationship between anxiety and perceived knowns.