Image Credit: Laura Shill, from the Shrubs series
An Invisible Boundary
RedLine's Annual Resident Artist Exhibition
Curated this year by Carmen Winant
October 26-December 29, 2013
Opening: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Members Reception: 6-7 pm with curator and artists
Public Reception: 7-10 pm
When he was in the process of going blind, the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges wrote these words about his shifting attitude toward creative production: “I made a decision. I said to myself: Since I have lost the beloved world of appearances, I must create something else . . . A writer, or any man, must believe that whatever happens to him is an instrument; everything has been given for an end. This is even stronger in the case of the artist. Everything that happens [is] material for one's art.” This understanding − that the lack of sight may provide a heightened awareness and offer new channels of exchange − will be the basis for RedLine's upcoming resident artist exhibition: An Invisible Boundary.
This challenge is relevant for all artists, who trade in the visible (or what Borges called the “beloved world of appearances”), producing objects to challenge, to evoke, to aestheticize, and, above all, to be seen. How then, to consider the stakes of invisibility within our individual practices, and field at large? RedLine residents will take a broad-reaching approach to this idea in An Invisible Boundary, exploring such strategies as distorting conventional perception, privileging the non-visual senses (or otherwise pointing to the limitations of sight), and dealing with “veiled” or covert subject matter. No matter the medium, each work will stand to challenge the boundaries and functions of perceptibility.