BAROQUE POWER GROUP: MFA THESIS SHOWS

LOWER EAST SIDE GALLERY

HOVEY BROCK: THE SHAPE OF THOUGHT
OPENING JULY 2 2015, 6 - 10 PM

QUINN DUKES: MAPPING RITUAL
OPENING JULY 9, 6 - 10 PM

ALEX HAMMOND: LEAVING IS THE BEST POINT OF VIEW
OPENING JULY 16, 6 - 10 PM

JD RAENBEAU: ALL MY WHOLES
OPENING JULY 23, 6 - 10 PM

Hovey Brock investigates through abstract painting, drawings and video the subtle interplay between embodied consciousness, especially the intentionality of desire, and the genealogy of Western conventions of thought. The screen marks in the paintings refer metaphorically to Pre-Socratic Greek philosophy's accidental discovery of the mind as a field of study, while the paintings and drawings themselves refer to embodied experience encountering itself in the act of making marks. The inter-generational conversation in the video gives a window on how conventions get passed down and morph over time. The video also features quotes taken from the Pre-Socratics, as well as narratives on the transformational impact of desire.

Quinn Dukes presents Mapping Ritual, a multimedia exhibition featuring performance actions. Her performance explores emotional response and autobiography as a topic to generate individualized rituals. Her rituals seek an evolution beyond a cyclical, confession-based canon. Through repetition, duration and a deconstruction of autobiographical gestures, Dukes aim to empower the body and extend compassion. (Show on view through Monday, July 13. Live performances presented daily.)

Leaving is the Best Point of View is a secular requiem for the ideal of perfect wholeness. This two-part project consists of Leaving, and The Best Point of View. It draws inspiration from Marc Auge's study of the travel accounts of Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand, who writes, "The ideal vantage point--because it combines the effect of movement with distance--is the deck of a ship putting to sea."
The activity of passing by affords us the image of a place in its entirety. 
Leaving is a disruption of retail flow. Hammond designs and fabricates garments and leaves them in retail outlets among the other items for sale. The Best Point of View combines soft sculpture, painting, and projected images to elaborate on the tension between the pain of uprooting and the detached perfectibility of the distanced view.

JD Raenbeau's thesis exhibition investigates and reveals the many parts and selves of the narcissistic artist. Alter egos and identities engage in one space to form an interactive world of transgression and play. Paintings, drawings, photographs, and interactive installation will mesh to form new and exciting narratives about the artists personal past, present, and future. All My Wholes challenge Cartesian binaries and celebrates abjection as a tool to connect selves and others.