Blind FaithDecember 5, 1997–January 18, 1998
BLIND FAITH, curated by Paul Ha
When looking at any work of art, the viewer is asked to suspend his or her disbelief and accept what is being depicted, from the reality of representational art to the emotional expression of abstraction. This leap of faith has often been difficult for audiences, and is responsible for much of the distrust of the artworld experienced by “outsiders.” Blind Faith focuses on work being produced by contemporary artists who ask the viewer to substitute incredulity with belief in their vision. Besides presenting conceptual art, this exhibition encourages the viewer to accept and share in the artist’s credence in order to be enriched by it.
Mikael Lundberg counts down the seconds until his ultimate demise; Erik Hanson photographs scents and draws music; Susan Jennings takes laboratory cultures from the air surrounding various artist’s work; Mungo Thomson levitates in his studio; Bruno Jakob paints on canvas with such media as water, light and energy; D’nell Larson gives herself to another, all wrapped up in a bow; Helen Rousakis documents mystical garlic; Alan Wiener creates sculpture that, when plugged into an electrical outlet, harmonizes the universe for those in the room; Doug Wada’s paintings make us hear music; Daniel Torop takes photographs illustrating his own emotions; Jennifer Monick makes drawings by pressing and rubbing paper against various surfaces.