IN-BETWEEN BEYOND – Group exhibition with works by Matthew Coleman, Julija Goyd, Kirsten Heuschen, Riku Ikegaya
The work of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus exists only in fragments and even his contemporaries considered his work unfinished, abstruse, and open to manifold interpretations. Nevertheless, his doctrines of “universal flux” (panta rhei) and the “unity of opposites” have influenced a diverse variety of thinkers, including Plato, Goethe, Hegel, and Schopenhauer.
Panta rhei, translated literally from the ancient Greek, means “everything flows.” Over time, the idea of universal flux has been condensed to the following aphorism, attributed to different thinkers at different times: change is the only constant.
Heraclitus’ doctrine of the unity of opposites describes the situation in which the existence or identity of an object or idea is dependent on the co-existence of at least two conditions which are opposite to each other. These conditions are however, dependent on each other and presuppose each other, within a field of tension. It follows, for Heraclitus, that opposites are not actually diametrically different, but instead different parts of a whole.
Some works of the artists included in this group exhibition explore, on a conceptual level, the spaces between polarities and the possibility of expressing the ephemeral, transitory moment of ambiguity as polarities shift. In some pieces a result is the seemingly paradoxical, simultaneous expression of opposites. Can objects be in movement and simultaneously still? Is it possible for situations to be both real and imaginary?
Other works experiment with the traces left as supposed boundaries between polarities are traversed. What transpires at the fluid intersection of matter and the immaterial? Does the visible determine what is invisible, or is it the converse?
Across a variety of media including collage-décollage, photography, drawing, and video, the international artists involved in this exhibition present their individual works. Simultaneously, in this moment of ever-changing moments, and in accordance with the Heraclitian unity of opposites, they constitute a group.
Curator: Nicholas Huffstutter
Co-curator: Daniela Kickel
The exhibition will be open to the general public on the night of the opening. Afterwards by appointment only.
Opening: Gallery Weekend Sunday, 30th of April from 4 pm -11pm
Exhibition period: 1st of May till 11th of June
Venue: artloft.berlin, Gerichtstraße 23, 13347 Berlin-Wedding
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