What steps can we all take to break open our narrow constraints of thinking and experience a more expansive perspective of ourselves? The NYOC gallery’s upcoming exhibition, entitled UP&out, suggests that the answers you seek are found in the questions you ask.
UP&out is a whimsical and imaginative collaborative exhibition integrating a range of artwork mediums – video, installation, collage, drawing and text – by Carolyn Agis, Molly Spitta & Sylke Spitta. The opening reception will be held on Friday July 18, 2014 from 6-8 pm. Free & open to the public.
UP&out’s core purpose is to inspire curiosity and stimulate conversations, one question at a time. It is a proposal to look around, over, outside, and through some “thing” in order to break through our own glass ceilings and ultimately move towards the cohesive union of mind (knowledge), spirit (heart) and body (will).
This exhibition opens with a video presentation of Agis’ Dreams and Page of Pentacles. These two short films highlight the back-and-forth, up-and-down tension between fear and fearlessness perpetuated by our individualized interpretation of experience. To resolve this tension, the three artists developed a series of questions paired with images that playfully provoke viewers/readers to reexamine their habitual perception of reality and ultimately climb “up and out” into a new and expanded viewpoint.
Rounding off this exhibition, Agis isolates excerpts from Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophical work, Fear and Trembling. The selected texts, referencing faith, hope and belief, are printed onto index cards and archived in a traditional card catalog. This interactive installation allows the viewer to thumb through the poetic and emotive language that characterizes the philosopher’s work. As Kierkegaard states, “it does not depend merely upon what one sees but depends upon on how one sees; all observation is not just a receiving but also a bringing forth.”
Opening Reception | Friday, July 18, 2014 | 6-8 pm
Exhibition Run | July 18 – August 22, 2014
22 East 30th St. New York, NY 10016