© Brett Cody Rogers

Brett Cody Rogers: We are Glass, 2006
oil on linen, 64 x 84 inches

Unborrowed from the eye

Luke Dowd
, Scott Myles, David Noonan, Brett Cody Rogers, Giles Round

"The protocols of taste involve a curious attitude toward judgment; judgment becomes a kind of noncalculated, innate response to the work, almost a resonance with it. Normal standards of judgment about the meaning of what one sees before one's eyes are negated, and in particular the referential ties between the work and the world - especially the social world - are broken." (Martha Rosler, "Lookers, Buyers, Dealers, and Makers: Thoughts on Audience"; Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation)

"So theatricality is an umbrella term, under which one could place both kinetic and light-art, as well as environmental and tableau sculpture, along with more explicit performance art, such as "happenings"... But, because theatricality has become a polemical term in the criticism of modern sculpture... we should try to unpack the notion of theatricality. For it is too dense and too confusing. It is rife with internal contradiction, with conflicting intentions and motives. The question is not whether certain artists have wanted to seize the space of the stage or exploit the dramatic time projected by real motion; the question is why they would have wanted to seize or use those things, and to what aesthetic ends?" (Rosalind E. Krauss, "Mechanical Ballets: light, motion, theater"; Passages in Modern Sculpture)

"Every age has required of its art that it should be clear, and to call a representation unclear has always implied a criticism. But the word has a different sense in the sixteenth century from the one it had later. For classic art, all beauty meant exhaustive revelation of the form; in baroque art, absolute clearness is obscured even where a perfect rendering of facts is aimed at. The pictorial appearance no longer coincides with the maximum of objective clearness, but evades it." (Heinrich Wölfflin, "Clearness and Unclearness (Absolute and Relative Clearness)"; Principles of Art History: The Problem of the Development of Style in Later Art)

"Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized." (Adolf Hitler)

Exhibition: November 30, 2006 - January 6, 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11am - 6pm

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