David Altmejd: The Settler, 2005
Wood, Plexiglas, mirror, glue, synthetic hair, glitter, molding clay, wire, foam, electric light, 56 x 132 x 90 inches
A Brighter Day
David Altmejd, Michaël Borremans, Pierpaolo Campanini, Rita Sobral Campos, Alejandro Cesarco, Folkert de Jong, Karl Haendel, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jenny Holzer, James Hopkins, Ann Lislegaard, McDermott & McGough, Roxy Paine, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, Aida Ruilova, Eric Swenson, Alison Elisabeth Taylor, Pamela Wilson-Ryckman
"...It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity..." (Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities)
It is a time of great paradox. Seemingly unabated affluence exists beside abject poverty. Globalism is a notion which is used when it suits the interests of the Capitalist but generally given short shrift when considering the moral fabric of the world. Technology has turned the world into a global village yet xenophobia is rampant, religious and racial profiling is at an all time high, and our civil liberities are being eroded. The geo political terrain is shifting with ever increasing speed. It should be no surprise that the most popular television shows are about living out a fantasy, surviv ing in the wild, heinous crimes, and mysterious acts of nature. A brighter day, one can only wonder and hope?
The omninous tenor of these times has found its way into visual art. Artists are peeling back the veneer and exploring this collective anxiety. The challenge is to find a voice amidst the maelstrom and the glut of images. Whether it be with irony, humor or earnestness, the works in "A Brighter Day" are ruminations on our uneasy relationship with the world in its present state.
A fully illustrated catalog will be available.
Exhibition: June 9 - July 14, 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10 am - 6 pm
James Cohan Gallery
533 West 26th Street
USA-New York, NY 10001
Telephone +212 714 95 00
Fax +212 714 95 10