Resonance: Audible Silence in Portraiture
October 23 - December 4, 2013
Resonance: Audible Silence in Portraiture, a visceral portrait of devotion and beauty, challenges viewers to confront the deepest of human emotions that reside within the panorama of mortality. Immersed in dissolution, a collection of international artists present a haunting visual dialogue which is strikingly raw and at the surface of our emotional armature. The penetrating presence of grief and loss compounded by images, which while beautiful are laden with sorrow, regret and transcendency, beckon the viewer to pause and reflect on the frailty of our own existence and the manner in which one acknowledges life and death, faith and beauty.
Artists included in the exhibition are Petah Coyne, Gail Deery, Anne-Karin Furunes, Portia Munson, and Bill Viola. Each artist distinctively addresses themes of vulnerability, bereavement and mortality. Although the artists in Resonance confront us with fearful depths lurking beneath our exterior, their images beckon us to fathom its darkness and arise to find strength, clarity and the recognition that without this palpable dimness light would not exist. Within silence there are moments of great beauty and certainty.
BILL VIOLA, Surrender, 2001, color video diptych on two plasma displays mounted vertically on wall, 80 2/5 x 24 x 3 1/2inches. Performers, John Fleck, Weba Garretson. Photo: Kira Perov
Anne-Karin Furunes, Portriats of Archive Pictures VII, 2011, Painted acrylic canvas, perforated. Courtesy Barry Friedman LTD, NYC