Benjamin Lipkin, Fans (?), 2012
Bubble Entendre is work by Benjamin Lipkin, curated by Rachael Wilson at Place, a gallery in Portland, Oregon.
The show opens Saturday, September 15th and closes the 15th of October, 2012.
The following is from the artist’s statement for the show:
“Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air.”
—The Communist Manifesto
Our lives and the conditions that shape them are fundamentally unstable and finite. Ambiguity and complexity are intrinsic to the symbols and milestones embedded in our collective psyche. 164 years after the communist manifesto, the work in “Bubble Entendre” reacts to the turbulent quakes and icons of capitalism with a sense of levity, and with the acknowledgement of what Johanna Drucker has coined “complicity”. Moreover, the work here aspires to a sense of exuberance and eccentricity typically avoided in galleries today. The cool, aloof, quiet, and minimal gestures of contemporary privilege are passed up here, in favor of something more playful, and ultimately more clumsy and vulnerable.
For more of Lipkin’s work, please visit: http://www.epigone.org/
Benjamin Lipkin, Golden Parachute, playpit balls, fabric, 2010
Image courtesy of Benjamin Lipkin