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Act I: Absence Makes It Real

★Opening Reception: Monday, May 7 | 4–6 PM.

Come see the high resolution version of bierstadt.gif installed in the new Neiman Center!
Featuring the works of 
Mika Horibuchi, Ben Regozin, Ben Thorp Brown, Daniel Davidowitz, and Jeremiah Jones.

LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery | May 7–25

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Curatorial Statement

Fiction is a system that can expose the reality of a subject, sometimes shaping our understanding in an even more actualized form than documentary allows. The works included in the inaugural two-part exhibition, which will take place consecutively in the new LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, Act I: Absence Makes It Real and Act II: Fiction Brings It Closer, testify to this possibility through pieces that examine the relationship between artificial narratives and the hyper-reality of their material context.

Through both a re-creation and an absence of the factual, the pieces included in Act I: Absence Makes It Real, may bring us to a realization that is closer to the subject at hand.  By reframing, distorting scale, or removing facts, these artists have highlighted how negligent our eyes have become at recognizing the mediation inherent within the worldly systems they employ.  This staging generates an awareness that allows us to move beyond the physicality of the work to expose the original reference. Charged with the theatrical potentials of prop, the pieces in both Acts I and II of this exhibition allow for a reciprocal relationship with the viewer’s presence.

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