“Pig Latin in Quicksand” at Clima Gallery, Milan
This exhibition originally sought to introduce disparately acquainted artists and their contemporaries living in New York City. I tried to avoid falling into the trap of similarity as a curatorial drive, as I feel that it does not ontologically lead to meaning or visceral responses. During the period of time meeting and discussing work with the artists I discovered that what I was after were structural objects that elicit emotional responses; re-worked with evidence of erasure, dealing with repetition and grids, and figures emerging out of dust. There are notational gestures in each work that suggest coded messaging that the artists are developing, punctuated by the appearance of archetypal forms; usually faces, figures, writing and architectural elements. It is as though the works are a flurry of notions, which are then reigned in by imagery. So unlike the title might suggest, the quicksand isn’t the tornado of marks from which the figure emerges, but the plot device that allows the rest to settle. This is the typical function of quicksand in movies. It is an obstacle to serve as an emblematic vignette of a larger narrative. It is through moments of figuration or familiarity that the grid can become tiles, and therefore a ground for us to place things upon.
Text by Andrew Ross
At Clima Gallery, Milan
Until 31 July 2019