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On the Pleasure of Hating

Lisa Cooley
34 Orchard Street, 347-351-8075
East Village / Lower East Side
July 9 - August 23, 2009
Reception: Thursday, July 9, 6 - 8 PM
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Curated by David Hunt

Josh Faught Simone Leigh Nicolas Lobo Shana Lutker Mike Quinn Dario Robleto

Nature seems (the more we look into it) made up of antipathies: without something to hate, we should lose the very spring of thought and action. Life would turn to a stagnant pool, were it not ruffled by the jarring interests, the unruly passions, of men. The white streak in our own fortunes is brightened (or just rendered visible by making all around it as dark as possible; so the rainbow paints its form upon the cloud. Is it pride? Is it envy? Is it the force of contrast? Is it weakness or malice? But so it is, that there is a secret affinity, a hankering after, evil in the human mind, and that it takes a perverse, but a fortunate delight in mischief, since it is a never-failing source of satisfaction. Pure good soon grows insipid, wants variety and spirit. Pain is a bittersweet, wants variety and spirit. Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust: hatred alone is immortal.”

William Hazlitt, 1823 The Plain Speaker

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