It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean.
John Locke – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Change offers the false promise of progress but is rarely an upward trajectory. The landscape is one situation built upon another and the division of both becomes blurred. Place is as much a location as it is a duration. Through various practices this group of artists tries to grasp at an ever-changing present and find the conflicts that occur where a new situation begins to overtake the old. This exhibition will examine the spaces created in this flux, what is lost, and what it is to try to create something solid in a place where the ground is always shifting. The intention is neither to be a memorial to a lost place or a monument to progress, but an attempt to fathom the possibilities of place.
In Dimensions Variable the artists create an environment of several works which in situ combine to form a mock urban space which simultaneously resembles both a post-hurricane disaster and site of new construction. The duality of the space creates a sense of unease but also the excitement that comes from the promise of change. In the Turn-Based Press gallery several works will consider the uninhabited environments of empty homes and empty virtual spaces raising questions of the nature of place when there is no one to acknowledge them.
Special thanks to Jacek Kolasinsk, chairperson of the Florida International University, Art and Art History Department.
For the opening reception of Fathoms-, Bobby Flan will use digital tools and live instrumentation to elaborate on the show’s examination of place and local aesthetics of tropical ruin. Through song, sound, and noise, the performance will simulate and recompose the ever-changing aural qualities of the city.