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The Unseen

Curated by Adela Leibowitz
Sept 17 - Oct 29

Noah Becker, Michelle Blade, Jonathan Cammisa and Nathan Caswell, Walt Cassidy, Center for Tactical Magic, Martha Colburn, VALIE EXPORT, Francesca Gabbiani, Sayre Gomez, Frank Haines, Michelle Handelman, Emily Noelle Lambert, Adela Leibowitz, Kirt Markle, Josh Peters, Kembra Pfahler & Katrina del Mar, Shalo P, Breyer P-Orridge, Yuval Pudik, David Ratcliff, Carolyn Salas, Kristen Schiele, Harry Smith
The Unseen, gonzo curated by New York artist Adela Leibowitz from a crowdsourcing project instigated by the TAM, is an exhibition that focuses on the use of esoteric symbols and contemporary visual uses of what has been described as "magick" by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, "Control disintegrates. Magick integrates. The idea is to apply the cut-up principle to behavior. The method is a contemporary, non-mystical interpretation of magick. Thee aim is reclamation of self-determination, conscious and unconscious, to the Individual. Thee result is to neutralize and challenge the essence of social control." Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, London, 1987. Excerpt from Thee Psychick Bible The term Gonzo, originating in relation to an article by Hunter S Thompson in 1970, can be used to describe any creative endeavor that privileges emotional responses, tone and style over facticity to achieve the flavor of something, rather than objectivity through factual information, for an edgier and more personalized report. TAM crowdsourced the request for an innovative exhibition theme through social media and selected the proposal that we felt introduced a new idea from a new voice - Adela Leibowitz 's The Unseen.

CITIES: visionary places

Curated by Camilla Boemio

Brian Cooper, Shaun Gladwell, Dmitry Gutov, Kiel Johnson, Jeremy Kidd, Aitor Lajarin, Susan Logoreci , Johanna Laitanen, Damir Ocko, Isidro Ramirez, Spencer Tunick, Klaus Thymann, Michael Wolf

Overexposed images of different cities are summed up in the Imagination, becoming parts of our memory, mixing with everyday visions. The city is a daily challenge in which ideas become feedback, visible energy: shared thought, Art, Creativity, Openness. Roads, construction sites, factories, non-places, buildings, bridges, piers, pillars, bridges, museums entrances and secret sights, surprising or reinterpreted, in which emotions converge. The colors of the architecture merge, the day and the night, the neon light that illuminates the facades, the patchwork of contaminations, parasites, layers from top to bottom, build geometric shapes in which to play and invent memories. The urban landscape is not only formally captured but also perceptually, its dynamics and features: into excess, in the immobile, in the archi-stars exaltation or in the unfinished. Migrations and transformations are self generated in these cities. We can see them as voracious bodies which reconstruct utopias. Seductive idiosyncrasies in which the imitation, the repetition, the symbol and the sublime are reconnected to the estrangement of modern alienation. Imagine yourself in these streets, between the blocks and the buildings, portrayed as an unexpected passer-by of the filmic flow of an unstable and polymorphic scenery.

- Camilla Boemio, Curator of Cities, 2011

VideoRow: Owen Kydd


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Torrance Art Museum
TorranceArt Torrance, CA
The Torrance Art Museum is located at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in the City of Torrance. It is a program of the Cultural Services Division of the City of Torrance Community Services Department. The Cultural Services Division is responsible for City-sponsored arts and cultural initiatives held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and throughout the City. The Museum encourages all people to develop and increase their understanding and appreciation for modern and contemporary artwork via a variety of exhibitions offered in its two gallery spaces, as well as educational programs, artist talks, lectures, and symposia.

Publish Date  October 29, 2011

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  178 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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