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Beyond the Pale


Moti Hasson Gallery
535 West 25th Street, 212-268-4444
January 18 - February 17, 2007
Reception: Thursday, January 18, 6 - 9 PM
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Curated by Candice Madey and Tairone Bastien

Christening the Moti Hasson new space, Beyond the Pale features new works by Shinique Smith, Clifford Owens, Kerstin Br├Ątsch, Paul Pagk, Zipora Fried, Uri Aran, Tommy Hartung and Xylor Jane.

The phrase beyond the pale means to go beyond the limits of law or decency. It can also mean beyond sympathy, beyond protection, or having crossed a (figurative) line. It is meant to indicate something transgressive, lawless, outside the norm. By pushing outside the boundaries of what is known, beyond rules and expectations, many of these works are difficult to pin down. Their relations are even harder to discern, except to say they share a similar open-endedness -catalysts for ideas and reflection.

Whether it is the language of documentary film making, or sculpture, or painting, the artists in Beyond the Pale probe and challenge the processes by which we construct meaning. They complicate and disrupt our understanding of the world, making interpretation an uncertain and difficult task. Beyond the pale there is no order, there are no familiar patterns of action, meaning is fugitive and everything is contingent.
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