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The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld

Von Lintel Gallery
520 West 23rd Street, 212-242-0599
November 20, 2008 - January 24, 2009
Reception: Thursday, November 20, 6 - 8 PM
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The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld ... Once when we are without worry we see a cross-country runner in a blue sweat suit running past us but then we see that the cross-country runner is running down a street: because we are no longer without worry; finally we see that the cross-country runner is not running down the street in a sweat suit but in a long coat that interferes with his running: because we are uneasy; and then we see while leaning out the train window how the cross-country runner is waving to us: as a sign that we are again without worry—

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition curated by artist Marco Breuer titled The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld. The exhibition takes its title from a 1967 poem by Austrian writer Peter Handke. For his most recent curatorial venture, Breuer has brought together the work of Nancy Cohen, Tim Davis, Tony Feher, Julian Kreimer, Fawn Krieger, Marguerite Kahrl, and James Hegge, a group of artists who engage in a dialogue between interior and exterior worlds, beyond simple duality.

Many of the works in the exhibition are fragments, open possibilities. The attitude is one of questioning, the formal framework often temporary. The work conveys doubt and acknowledges complexities of the world around and within us: the possibility of the simultaneous existence of a state and its opposite. These artists reject simplistic reduction: art is not illustration. Illustration is illustration. For the artists in this exhibition art constitutes a process of searching: an incremental procedure, tentative, requiring the recognition and often the embrace of glaring contradictions.
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