An exhibition curated by Magdalena Sawon for 601Artspace
November 13, 2013 - January 25, 2014 (EXTENDED to February 8)
Trevor Paglen, They Watch the Moon, 2010, 36 x 48 inches
Para-Real puts together seven pairs of artists whose works - all in distinctly different
ways - destabilize the notion of reality through models, illusions, fakes, virtual constructs,
appropriation, dioramas, puppets, re-made objects and paranormal phenomena, staged or real.
Thomas Demand - Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
Jim Hodges - Robert Therrien
Eva and Franco Mattes - Shamus Clisset
Is this a real Richter?
Vik Muniz - Greg Allen
Smaller than life
Maurizio Cattelan - Sally Smart
Hiroshi Sugimoto - Adam Cvijanovic
Smoke and mirrors
Trevor Paglen - Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson
"Because memory and sensations are so uncertain, so biased, we always rely on a certain reality - call it an alternate reality - to prove the reality of events. To what extent facts we recognize as such really are as they seem, and to what extent these are facts merely because we label them as such, is an impossible distinction to draw. Therefore, in order to pin down reality as reality, we need another reality to relativize the first. Yet that other reality requires a third reality to serve as its grounding. An endless chain is created within our consciousness, and it is the very maintenance of this chain that produces the sensation that we are actually here, that we ourselves exist."
- Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
- Albert Einstein
"Reality: What a concept!"
- Robin Williams
"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."
- Philip K. Dick, VALIS
"Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him?"
- Calvin and Hobbes
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
NEXT TO THE PARKING LOT
7 x 6 x 20 inches
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
ALONG THE ROAD SIDE
7.5 x 12 x 16 inches
48 x 63 inches
40 x 40 inches
Untitled (scrub brushes)
Eva and Franco Mattes
13 Most Beautiful Avatars - Honeywells Lollipop
36 x 48 inches
Builder Destroy 2
72 x 40 inches
After Gerhard Richter (from pictures of color)
108 x 74.5 x 2 inches
Destroyed Richter Painting No. 4
43 x 43 inches
Destroyed Richter Painting No. 2
36 x 36.25 inches
Maurizio Cattelan, Mini Me (left)
Sally Smart, Pedagogical Puppet (Self-Portrait) (right)
Installation view at 601Artspace
Rafael Gamo/601Artspace, New York
15 x 8 x 10 inches
Pedagogical Puppet (Self-Portrait)
80 x 44 inches
Golden Eagle Diorama
71.75 x 60 inches
Alaskan Brown Bear
22 x 46 inches