NoBA Artspace is pleased to present Intimacy and Abnegation a traveling group exhibition featuring work by Jan Baltzell, Michael Ciervo, Scott Dickson, Todd Keyser, Sam Metcalf, Anna Neighbor, Robert Scobey and Danny Snelson. Curated by Joseph Lozano. The exhibition runs from December 9th 2017 – January 6th, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, December 9th. 200 Bala Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
False intimacy is a common enough feeling to be intuitively understood. Who among us has not exchanged the breath from a human body for the hum of an electronic screen instead? Modernity’s dehumanizing atomization of social connection is not a new phenomenon but how are artists looking at that disconnect now? Walter Benjamin describes the ability of the camera to bring nature closer to the spectator through artifice, what is our current proxy for connection? What does our artifice say about our connection?
The artist’s presented here grapple with growing alienation by seeking an honest intimacy between us - an intimacy through artifice. By analogy, they make connections to the viewer's experience of the contemporary moment. By the material they employ, their craft or touch closes the distance between our bodies. Ultimately it is by the obstructions or rules that they place on their practices that makes room for us to empathize with them.
It is the recognition of our limitations that creates intimacy between us.
“Since finitude marks the point where we end and others begin, spatially and temporally, it is also what makes room for them--and acknowledging these limits allows us to experience the expansiveness for which we yearn, because it gives us a powerful sense of our emplacement within a larger Whole.”- Flesh of My Flesh, Kaja Silverman