Curated by Jim Lee and Rob Nadeau
Featuring Ivin Ballen, Rob Erickson, Keltie Ferris, Chris Hanson and
Hendrika Sonnenberg, Joseph Hart, Himi Van Drecks, Fawn Krieger, Ree
Morton, Ian Pedigo, Daniel Seiple, Ali Smith, Wendy White and Tamara
July 23 - August 15, 2008 | Reception: Wednesday, July 23, 6 –
+ Volume is pleased to announce the exhibition Accident Blackspot featuring
a group of artists that work with highly personal and idiosyncratic
languages to proffer a challenge to contemporary mainstream aesthetics.
The title, drawn from the cult-classic "Withnail and I," refers
to the road sign used to designate the scene of an accident on British
roadways. And it is an apt metaphor for the work shown here, which cogently
choreographs a collision between the orchestrated and the unintended.
Working in a mode that has gained momentum in the last few years, these
artists offer a jerry rigged aesthetic approach with an emphasis on
process and materiality, a conscious disregard for resolution or "finish"
in the traditional sense, a slight hint of humor, and a flirtation with
near constant failure. It is a scumbled and infected formalism, a congress
of flotsam, teetering on the brink of self-destruction. It's about taking
chances, engaging in a desperate, yet somehow casual, search for meaning.
This is the kind of work you've always wanted to make: unmediated and
unpretentious, as if you are in your room, your world, listening to
Brian Wilson's "In My Room", dreaming of possibilities and
creating your own charged scene worthy of an Accident Blackspot.
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