Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Duet: Friday, 7 August 2015

If Not Now, When?
Rennie Behrend, Laura Bise, Blair Tramel, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung
August 7 - August 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7, 6pm-8pm
Duet is pleased to announce If Not Now, When? a pop-up group exhibition curated by Eve Maret.

The act of creation presents a field of limitless possibility. For the artist, the blank page or canvas is paralyzing; the freedom to forge one?s own taste breeds dizzying anxiety. These anxieties arguably form the core of the pleasure of creative acts.  Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard refers to creating as a means to ?destroy what one has clung to?, namely decisions that kill one?s identification with the moribund past and attachment to unsatisfying patterns within oneself. Anxiety over decisions is the ego?s sense of its own mortality. Yet death and rebirth are essential to the creative process, and if this organic cycle is embraced, boundless potential is transformed into the tangible. If Not Now, When? is an interpretation of presence in the process of art-making as understood by artists Rennie Behrend, Laura Bise, Blair Tramel and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. The work featured in If Not Now, When? offers a glimpse into the realm that lies beyond the clutter created by indecisiveness, art is now, accessible each and every moment. The immediacy of the present; manifests as mark making, the embrace of a new medium and experimentation.
Laura Bise relates, ?Art can be the tension in a person made tangible.? Satisfaction flows from transforming that tension into a thing of beauty or utility; the object is an articulation of humanity?s primary and most natural function: to create. Paradoxically, one assumes the role of divine creator in the process of giving birth to objects by which the world is defined.
In essence, the artists presented in If Not Now, When? embrace and thusly relinquish the anxiety associated with creation. The work of Behrend, Bise, Zuckerman-Hartung and Tramel is an embodiment of surrender to the present moment and its ineffable contents


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