Images top to bottom:
Zoe Crosher, No.39 from The Additive Dust Series (GUAM 1979) from The Disappearance of Michelle duBois, 2012
Fay Ray, Stimulated Houseplant, 2015. Polyvinyl Acetate, Sumi Ink, Archival Inkjet prints.
Johanna Tagada, Litchis-Alsaciens, 2015, oil on C-print
Dear Diane, Dear Shaded Viewers,
MAMA gallery Los Angeles opens a fantastic exhibition this Saturday, June 13, 2015. To Hide To Show is a group exhibition derived from a contemporary French social anthropological study entitled Montrer / Occulter, which loosely translates to the exhibition’s title. The artists chosen to represent the ideas and concepts behind this study, and its conclusions, experiment with the notion of concealing and revealing on a societal, intellectual and creative basis. These artists include Clara Balzary, Zoe Crosher, Ariana Papademetropolous, Mattea Perrotta, Fay Ray, Lisa Solberg, and Johanna Tagada.
True to the study, the exhibition continues in the survey’s intentions to discover the motivations of what humans decide to reveal and what to keep hidden. Indeed, many philosophers, poets, and artists have explored this same sentiment. The conclusion – what we do alone and what we do in the eyes of others differs – but what drives the motivation behind whether or not to keep the secret or disclose the fact? Do these choices manifest in the invention of myth? And how much affect does the viewer have in creating this reality?
The concept of hiding and showing lends itself as a true analysis of the assembling and dissection of the human psyche, in a constant battle between order and sabotage, between how we present our true self to the world and how we feel about inner self – the dark ghost that is always haunting from within. To delve deeper, within this exhibition there are also traces of the psychological philosophy behind Carl Jung’s ‘Anima’ and ‘Animus’ theory, and the dualities behind our collective unconscious.
In To Hide To Show, the artists are interpreting these multi-dimensional, anthropological, psychological and metaphysical concepts using varying degrees of personal reflection, historical reference, visual language and controlled performance. To Hide To Show is the idea that concealment is to make something sacred. Thusly, exposure of that sacredness is equal to degradation. To be revealed in this exhibition are the artist’s artifacts of what they hold sacred while at the same time what they choose to defile.
TO HIDE TO SHOW