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Displacement: A Reckoning Of Internal Affairs
March 7, 2014 - April 13, 2014Free
A two-part exhibition that looks at displacement.
Curated by Stacey Reason. website
A Reckoning, Huff Gallery at Spalding University, March 6 – April 13, 2014
Of Internal Affairs, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, April 16 – May 30, 2014
Displacement is a complex phenomenon that can be translated into many different contexts to ultimately describe when we experience a shift. These shifts happen on many levels and in varying degrees creating a constant flux of conditions that affect our physical, psychological, and emotional situations. Scientists define displacement through the physical exchange of molecules that occur when one substance exerts force on another. Psychologists use displacement to define an unconscious defense mechanism we use to block traumatic events. Through all the different applications and uses of displacement, the characteristic of subjectivity remains a constant. We are constantly subjective to our surroundings, our perceptions, our reactions and the way we carry experiences of displacement in one way or another through life.
An attempt at understanding the subtle to obvious shifts we experience through factors of displacement is addressed in the work of Displacement, A Reckoning Of Internal Affairs. The artists represented in this exhibition explore – and on occasion create – the condition of displacement using traditional fine art mediums as well as progressive, experimental, and unexpected materials and presentations. The work featured includes an interactive sculpture, a crowd-sourced photography project, digitally and manually layered images, complex geometric shapes in paintings and projections, sound installations, collected samplings both real and fictitious, and observations of place and hypothetical spaces. They evoke everything from discomfort to nostalgia, recognition to disconfigurement.