_COMMONALITIES_showcases 4 Norwegian and 4 American artists. It is curated by renowned Noah Becker, and is a perfect match to the Armory Show’s Nordic focus.
“This exhibition shows an aspect of high quality work being produced in Europe and North America in our time. The idea of artists being automatically connected in some way is a fallacy fed to us subliminally and linearly. Art history is wound together with globalism through the mass distribution of images and imagery delivered in a linear digital mold. Much of what is documented in two-dimensional artistic practice is fed to the public in a manner that has a host of attached biases. The presumption of a common thread is an attitude propagated by linear thinking as linear thinking is part of everything we do now. In relation to contemporary art, the non-linear holds an important place. Linear thinking has its place in contemporary art, but on the whole I find more value in the non-linear interaction. Ciphers found in the procedure of opening one’s email or social media brainwashing templates distort the meaning of these things. We are herded down a visual path without knowing it and our senses become conditioned. The public thinks together and group thinking is often template based or linear in its presentation. There is a shared invitation to show works in New York – then we see what transpires.” (Noah Becker)