Chiho Aoshima, Whitney Bedford, Tony Capellán, Vija Celmins, Rebecca DiDomenico, Ellen Gallagher, Amy Globus, Don Ed Hardy, Roni Horn, Robert Longo, Richard Misrach, Jacco Olivier, Catherine Opie, Massimo Vitali
The immersive nature of the sea, its possibilities for conquest, rapture, contemplation and evolution can be viewed in See Into Liquid. The title, inspired by the documentary film Step Into Liquid, with brilliant images and stories of those drawn to surf some of the largest and most majestic waves in the world, positions the exhibition as one in deference and wonderment of the ocean.
The sea generates a manifold of images into consciousness. It is can be a repository for the imagination where mermaids, sea monsters, and endless unknown depths haunt. In the imagined space, the sea has no form it is a space of productive image making, a space of potential transcendence beyond a priori reproductive duplication. In part Kant argues that the sea becomes a place for the imagination to operate away from what is known beyond reason. The sea offers an open field beyond objects and representation for one’s own making. It is here that we are free from illusions and doctrines.
Many of the artists in See Into Liquid remind us that beyond shorelines, in the depths of the ocean, human capacity to lose the defining instructions of experience can be found. While this idea of moving beyond known reality becomes evermore difficult under the pervasive digital map that now overwhelms independent production, the exhibition posits the question: how can we get lost? Is there still a voyage for thought beyond logic? By looking to the sea the voyager might see beyond appearances to arrive at veridical consciousness.