Going to Philly for the reception of the show at Pentimenti...we pick up my friend Verena on the way through Times Square (again I am incredulous at the masses and pace of NYC). Later stopping at a rest stop for Brent to make a conference call, Verena and I walk around exploring this strange inbetween space of development and nature. Just past the parking lot and buildings we looked out over a field covered in rows of sparkling flags...a small waterway of sorts in the grasses...a large piece of yellow broken machinery/pipe. 2 picnic tables. we walk and talk and I remember how easy it is to be with her. We talk about childhood nightmares, aliens, evolution, time....
Finally we continue the drive and arrive in Philadelphia. We stopped in to see the Damien Hirsts at the Wexler gallery
on the way to Pentimenti. The 'print' of For the Love of God was pretty amazing...glittering perfectly in glazes and diamond dust. I have always and still find his work necessary commentary to our age whether viewing it in stand alone contemplation, or in its active role in the social flows of hype, haters and controversy. Also intriguing there were Adelaide Paul's fetish-y sewn sculptures of miniature greyhounds and Randall Sellers delicately drawn imaginary worlds.
On to Pentimenti, pleasantly surprised with Christine's hanging and spacing of the works-(lots of space!). Reception took place during First Fridays...which have the streets teeming with gallery-hopping folks. I grabbed a bit of wine (really, they just poured an inch to my disappointment) and mostly we just enjoyed anonymously watching people look at the works...
statement from the grouping:The Immense Journey Since childhood, Darlene Charneco’s endless curiosity about life’s mysteries fueled an obsession with reading, learning and looking. In the spirit of anthropologist Loren Eiseley’s book ‘The Immense Journey’ , this grouping of new works by Darlene Charneco is inspired by musings on the mysteries of evolution, time, nature and humanity’s possibly brief place in it all. With media such as household nails, acrylic, enamel, model/toy pieces, and multiple layers of resin the 3-dimensional artworks explore the intricate patterns and codes on all scales: from particles to visible matter to the galaxies of which we are such a small yet fascinating part.
"We pass thoughts around, from mind to mind, so compulsively and with such speed that the brains of mankind often appear, functionally, to be undergoing fusion........Or perhaps we are only at the beginning of learning to use the system, with almost all our evolution as a species still ahead of us. Maybe the thoughts we generate today and flick around from mind to mind...are the primitive precursors of more complicated, polymerized structures that will come later, analogous to the prokaryotic cells that drifted through shallow pools in the early days of biological evolution. Later, when the time is right, there may be fusion and symbiosis among the bits, and then we will see eukaryotic thought, metazoans of thought, huge interliving coral shoals of thought.” – Lewis Thomas, ‘The Lives of a Cell’
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