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When The Revolution Comes


Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts
526 West 26th Street, Suite 605, 212-463-8500
November 30, 2006 - January 6, 2007
Reception: Thursday, November 30, 6 - 8 PM
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A group show curated by Michael St. John.

Theoretic chaos has replaced the idealistic thinking of old—and, unable to reconstitute theoretic order, men and women have condemned idealism itself. We live in a trailer on the edge of town…Doubt has replaced hopefulness and men and women act out a defeatism that is labeled realistic. You never see us, ‘cause we don’t come around…The decline of utopia and hope is in fact one of the defining features of social life today…We’ve got twenty-five rifles just to keep the population down…To be idealistic is to be considered apocalyptic, deluded, to have no serious aspirations; on the contrary, it is to be “tough-minded”...but we need you now, and that’s why I’m hanging ‘round.

Deleuze and Guattari described a “milieu” as the ultimate locale of the postmodern condition, a place where discourses come at one from so many directions that one always feels suspended in the middle of things. This once jet-set concept may present itself at the end of 2006 a bit more ominously, in a time when the atomization of the arts means that everyone is off “doing their own thing” and only share a tentative certainty that paradigms past are gone, but no one can guess what is to come. The only philosophy of history in this moment is the long version. In this time and place, When the Revolution Comes is as good a mantra as “Let them eat cake” or “Always do the right thing.”

When the Revolution Comes is a heteroglossic meditation on the highly diffuse intertextuality of the moment, presenting works created on the stubborn premise that they are out of step, not versus hot, fashionably unfashionable, against all odds, and, of course, ‘staying the course’, though only in the immediacy of each artist’s own creative evolution. Sincerely, the revolution will never come, and ironically, people still die waiting for its arrival.

Featured Artists: Nate Lowman, Holt Quentel, Ofer Wolberger, Nancy Grossman, Josh Smith, Alex McQuilkan, Joshua Weintraub, AJ Bocchino, Ellwyn Palmerton, Jon Boles, Michael St. John, and Jamal Cyrus
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