Friday, May 20, 2011

No Proud Scars, Please


PRESS RELEASE:
Spattered Columns is pleased to announce No Proud Scars, Pleasean exhibition curated by Peter Duhon. Its title taken from the metaphysical thriller, Possessions, written by prominent psychoanalyst, critic, Julia Kristeva, psychoanalyst, critic, and Professor Emeritus at the University de Paris VII. Kristeva is internationally recognized for innovative explorations in her groundbreaking and immensely influential texts such as Revolution in Poetic Language and Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection.

In her novel,
Possessions, Kristeva details the gruesome discovery of the decapitated body of a close friend to the heroine Stephanie Delacour, who sets out to discover the murderer. The journey that ensues opens a conceptual terrain that eschews crippling and unproductive nostalgia—a journey that is both publicly and privately sociopolitical.

The five artists selected for this exhibition work with wide-ranging materials and concepts, some of which intersect with themes explored by Kristeva in her novel. The exhibition includes work by
Gilad Ratman (video), Andres Laracuente (sculpture), Julian Lorber (painting), Carlos Charlie Perez (photography and video), Nikki Schiro (painting), and Don Edler (sculpture). No Proud Scars, Please is an exhibition that seeks to engage critically with time, history, memory and loss by privileging a spirit of Nietzschean affirmation with works of art that provoke productive multiplicity.
The opening reception for No Proud Scars, Please will take place from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Spattered Columns, 491 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10012. The show will run until June 29, 2011.

Spattered Columns is a program of Art Connects New York, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to enrich the lives of all New Yorkers by making original visual artwork more readily available in non-traditional settings.


For more information on No Proud Scars, Please at Spattered Columns/Art Connects New York, please contact Ginger Shulick at gingers{at}artconnectsnewyork.org.