Chadwick Rantanen “NEUTRALITY” at Overduin & Co., Los Angeles
Overduin & Co. is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Chadwick Rantanen.
Friends, the position of the symbol here announced is nothing new. This symbol is a simple form, a dense, thin piece of matter, a line. Defying language, a line becomes boundary as easily as channel, edge or post. And so, we ignore these. Rather, a single beam or pole without a cross bar. The style of pole (simple) of common criminals. Does gravity not pull at one beam as well as two? It can be seen tugging at the grain, each ring a decision and renegotiation with gravity, as the copse climbs it like a ladder.
Even a thin piece of matter, if asked to float, must be either imprisoned or impaled. So says the pulling down of strong holds, casting down imaginations and every high thing. This poor, thin matter, defiantly plucked from the earth, now hung, embellished, portable and rewatchable yields no exception. We cast our thoughts upon these stepped sections which rend and scatter them down and away, even though our steps are few and the first pass is harsh with a heavy grit; for it is the privilege of an icon to make its own position and relationship understood as separate and apart.
Friends, we are so very poor. Yet, here, efficient with mere remainder. Here, in the difference between piece goods and people.
At Overduin & Co., Los Angeles
until 21 December 2019