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November 2 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm• Free
Tropical Contemporary is pleased to present “Serious Business”, a group show bringing together work by Carmen Tiffany, Carey Lin, Eric Edvalson, and Lou Shafer.
The opening reception will be Nov. 2nd from 6-9pm, with additional open hours Saturdays 11/3, 11/10, & 11/17 from 1-4pm.
Admission is, as always, free!
An artist’s value is measured in terms of their “work” – the pattern of their production of material objects, ideas, or performances. These products are then called “works”; an artist who makes and shows “works” regularly is a “working” artist. Play, in this framework of values, is inevitably marginal, something to apologize for or hide, a guilty promise of temporary freedom or escape from work’s routine. But for many artists, play is an essential tool of creation and a game that opens doors to new modes of thought. Bringing together work from Carmen Tiffany, Carey Lin, Eric Evalson, and Lou Shafer, this show draws connections between the powers of play in each artists’ work.
“Play – as a movement between the detached or opposite elements, can be seen as a condition for creation of metaphors, for the movement of thought (or hand) beyond the restricted paths. Play activates the possibility of seeing something “as something else‟ and what is more – the ability to act as if it is something else, and at the same time to be aware that it is not. In other words play enables the double or multiple identities or identifications, the double or multiple “realities‟ to be present and absent at the same time… Representation conceptualised as a game session becomes… a synergy of, and a two-way passage between art and life, fiction and reality, subjectivity and objectivity, repetition and origin, convention and improvisation. ” (Katarzyna Zimna, “Play in the theory and practice of art”)
“Recognizable and familiar… play is ineffable, always novel and unique; never the same, yet somehow always the same.” – Denzin N. K. “The Paradoxes of Play‟