December 2, 1995 - January 27, 1996
Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo
David Henry Brown Jr.
C. Garcia Martinez
Kristin M. Hartmann
E. Pierre Louis
David C. Scher
S. Clay Wilson
Each civilization has its myths. These myths embody imaginary figures -- the dragon, the minataur, the golem, to the super-heroes of commercial culture. Imaginary Beings concerns both the interaction of fantasy and reality, and the construction or deconstruction of figures existing within the artists' imagination. Imaginary Beings exemplify heroes and villains, saviors and demons. They are products of the human condition and our theatrical imagination. Imaginary Beings represent our joys and fears. There is a tradition of imaginary beings within the history of art: from Brueghel to Goya, from the folkloric to the conceptual, from storytelling to theater, from poetry to filmmaking.
The inspiration for Imaginary Beings derives from Jorge Luis Borges' "The Book of Imaginary Beings," a poetic investigation into the creatures, monsters and figures embodied in ancient and modern lore. First published as "El libro de los seres imaginarios" in 1967, Borges' book reflects a cultural fascination and an enduring need for the imaginary figure. The artists selected represent different generations and visual approaches to the ideas expressed by Borges. The exhibition forms a dialogue -- from the drawings of Louise Bourgeois, to the photographs of Lucas Samaras and Cindy Sherman, to the comic art of S. Clay Wilson and Jonathon Rosen, and finally to a new generation of artists -- with each artist interacting and shaping a contemporary view on this ancient practice.
A combination of poetry, prose, and acting, in a collaborative exploration of life and love, the body and spirit, in the reflection of a mirror. Conceived by Papo Colo.
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