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Poetics of Relation: Group Exhibition
The Downtown Art Center Gallery is pleased to present Poetics of Relation, a group exhibition curated by German-born, LA-based sociologist, writer and curator Natalie Mik.
By: DAC Gallery
Curator Natalie Mik states: "I was looking for non-aggressive, poetic ways of thinking about post-art; art that goes beyond depicting the present, art that uses imagination as a force for change, art that doesn't reject the now, but questions cultural (self-) conception as dualistic, pitting fine against ordinary or high against low. The exhibition is built on the belief that valuable contribution to the contemporary art discourse can be made by anyone from any background, discipline or school of thought. In fact, looking at the other allows the individual to discover himself. Interdisciplinary thinking or practice can happen on many levels."
Poetics of Relation reinforces DAC's commitment to being a platform for new ideas and experimentation for art. It sheds light to the gallery's continued support to outsider artists whose works can be a great inspiration and contribution to other people who are working in the creative fields. Mik further explains, "[…] in this group exhibition, we are coming together as a composite culture, whose composition did not result from a union of norms, but rather formed in the margins and sphere of imagination with all kinds of materials that by their very nature have the power to change collective consciousness. As Glissant points out, most cultures and nations that have established themselves over history, have tended to form around an idea of power – the totalitarian drive of a single, unique root – rather around a fundamental relationship with the other. This is not much different with art forms and that is why this exhibition ultimately implies the 'Thought of the Other' as a moral generosity and responsibility of an artist. Poetics of Relation is prompting the knowledge that our identity is no longer complete within the filiation but also in relation. Each and every identity of our creative work is extended through a relationship with the other."
Opening reception: Saturday, September 10th from 6-9PM
Artist talk and performance:
Exhibition will run September 8th through October 21st.
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