An exhibition by Alejandro Cesarco including work by Carol Bove and a quote from Leo Bersani
“Some recent examples” addresses cliché in relation to strategies of seduction and romantic archetypes, questioning how the prevalence of cliché continues to shape our desires and our memories of them. Cesarco sets up a network of references and citations around notions and usages of cliché while at the same time staging the emotional presence that creates complexity and depth around a simple and overwrought language.
The show presents documentation of a past performance where the artist had arrangements of flowers delivered to ten female artists he admires. A coquettish gesture that specifies audience and community while acknowledging the role of influence and precedence in designating meaning. Also on view is “Here Comes the Sun”, an optimistic wall drawing that plays with abstraction and emotional perception with a much restrained economy of means.
Cesarco includes a quote by Leo Bersani and a drawing by Carol Bove as a way to simultaneously open and frame the show. The quote by Bersani sets a deceptively sincere foundation for “Some recent examples” and further extends the role of influence through citation; while in this context, the usage of Bove’s drawing more explicitly ties cliché to acts of nostalgia.