Participating artists: Vito Acconci, Acconci Studio, Rita Ackermann, Azra Aksamija, Geraldine Belmont, Douglas Boatwright, Christoph Büchel, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Jean-Luc Godard with Anne-Marie Miéville & Jean-Pierre Gorin, Nicolás Guagnini, Valerie Hegarty, Institute for Applied Autonomy, Nate Lowman, Matthew Lusk, Edgar Orlaineta, Wonjoo Park, R. H. Quaytman, Allyson Spellacy, Karen Yasinsky
Texts and essays by: Hakim Bey, John Hawkes, John Hejduk, Gareth James, Dr. Seuss, Paul Virilio
Denial is a River is a group exhibition that explores how syndromes translate into matter, allowing for a complex of social currents to become visible from the surface through eruptions, gurgles and patterns. This exhibition stems from the methods and tactics of the seven selected In Practice artists, placing their concerns into a larger field of artistic practice.
Compiled through a convergence of interests, artists in Denial is a River reflect syndromes within a common cultural condition: syndromes that effect access to information and affect collective historical data. Appropriations from various sources, fragments from a shared political heritage, are surreptitiously modified, or juxtaposed, to create other narratives or discourses. Sometimes they confuse the issues, sometimes they expand, sometimes they isolate, sometimes they denounce. Denial is a River functions in the controversy between the systems of convention and codification, belief and communication.
In Practice is an ongoing series designed to support the creation of innovative work by emerging artists. The projects are selected individually and reflect the diversity of approaches to contemporary sculpture. Artists participating in the In Practice program are Douglas Boatwright, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Valerie Hegarty, Matthew Lusk, Edgar Orlaineta, Wonjoo Park, R.H. Quaytman, and Karen Yasinsky.