Far Away So Close: Part I

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Far Away So Close

“I imagine a line, a white line, painted on the sand and on the ocean, from me to you.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer

Far Away So Close: Part I
Sarah Stein with Hyemin Kim, Erdem Taşdelen, Jim Verburg, Nicole Kelly Westman, Hyung-Min Yoon

September 13 – November 1, 2014
Opening reception Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00 pm
in conjunction with SWARM 2014

Far Away So Close is an exhibition and publication series that explores iterations of distance, considers the bridging of distance as a quixotic gesture, and investigates the particular relationship of this gesture to art making. Presented over the course of 2014-15, each installment showcases emergent artists working in different modes and media, with practices currently scattered across the globe. Part I of Far Away So Close focuses on language and the “dark magic” of communication. Each of the six artists presented is concerned with describing the gulf that exists between utterance and comprehension, and the always-inadequate means we employ in our perpetual drive to define ourselves and to connect with others. They explore the disappointments and frustrations of language, and playfully investigate the responsibility we so often ask objects to bear—objects that are themselves indifferent to our desires—in our efforts to shuttle meaning across the unpredictable terrain that is social life.

(image: Hyung-Min Yoon
Magic Hands, 2013
silk screen on antique paper
series of 14 images; edition of 5
Image courtesy of the artist)