SMOKE AND MIRRORS
EXHIBITION ORGANIZED BY GIOJ DE MARCO
AND ELIZABETH WITHSTANDLEY.
“What constitutes pretense, is that, in the end, you don’t know if it’s pretense or not.”
-Jacques Lacan, Le Séminaire, Livre III: Les Psychoses.
The artists in SMOKE AND MIRRORS investigate the nature of reality; how objects, memories, ideas come into being, how they persist and how they cease to exist. The works want to make ghosts appear in the flesh and, at the same time reveal their illusionary nature. These artists are magicians of their trade, oblique translators of both physical and virtual environments, recreating stages and props, histories and identities. By exploring the space between known and unverifiable realities, they shed light on the infinite vagueness of the anthropocentric universe.
The exhibition encompasses video, sculpture, installation and performance and presents artists from Argentina, Finland, France, Italy, Germany and the United States.
Gioj De Marco
Joséphine Wister Faure
Torrance Art Museum - 2018
Photo Credit: Elon Schoenholz