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Close Readings

Hannah Black, Alvis Choi a.k.a. Alvis Parsley, k.g. Guttman, David Kelley, Radio Equals

Curated by Alison Cooley
January 14 – February 25, 2017
Opening: Saturday, January 14, 2 – 5pm

What happens to critical distance when our internal noise, our debts, our anxieties, and our entanglements interrupt the process of being with an artwork? How can we maintain the political urgency of criticism when we are moved by artworks and deeply feel their effects on us? What do we do with the self-awareness of our own implication and entanglement? When artworks overflow and exceed the methods that exist for talking about them in established, detached ways, how do we inhabit new ones that hold together our criticality, our feeling, and our recognition of the space between them?

Influenced by performance, conversation, and writing as modes of engaging with criticality and intimacy, Close Readings brings together practices whose insides and outsides are difficult to distinguish. These practices are by turns invested in uncovering the frailty of language, prodding at cultural anxieties and individual pleasures, excavating and refusing legacies, asking for tenderness, applying pressure, attending to the complications and vulnerabilities of being together while we are implicated—politically, socially, personally—by artworks and their demands on us. While some of the works in the exhibition illustrate a complex and subjective coming-to-terms with an artwork, an object, a person, or a history, others craft performative structures for facing our own entanglements, political commitments, and anxieties as spectators. Together, they trace the possibility of alternatives to detached observation, of a move from critical distance to critical closeness.

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By: Gallery TPW