CYDONIAFort Worth, TX, United States
MISSION CYDONIA is a contemporary art gallery. Our programming is committed to co-operating with artists whose practices reflect conceptual research. We approach art as a cultural good related to reciprocity, praxis, and discourse. ABOUT THE GALLERY CYDONIA opened in September 2014 with a curated exhibition and catalogue entitled Ex-Y: Representations of Contemporary Masculinity, featuring 9 different artists who explored masculinity after all three waves of feminism. CYDONIA is a pioneer, as it was the chief gallery in entire North Texas region to have internationally-focused programming, introducing the contemporary, primary market to the metropolitan area. MILESTONE In 2016, CYDONIA announced a beautiful, historically- sensitive achievement: an all-female exhibition line-up in its physical space. The 2016-17 Exhibition Year is exclusively focused on female artists; all of whom were selected entirely on merit, indirectly creating a (non)political statement about the equality our predecessors dreamed of. EXHIBITION FOR NEW PROPSAL CYDONIA will feature a curated exhibition with two female artists, hailing from Poland and Canada. In Another Chance to Do Right: Emerging Aesthetics Featuring Repetition, Pattern and Rhythm, Alicja Bielawska and Caroline Mousseau demonstrate new ways in which serial forms and process have evolved beyond Minimalism’s expansion of the ‘unique original’ work. The booth will be a visually exciting and diverse constellation of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Freud declared the act of repetition a human compulsion. Why do we repeat the past? More interestingly, why do we repeat mistakes? Organized specifically for Zona Maco, Another Chance to Do Right tests Freud’s famous declaration. Such acts are driven by our “desire to return to an earlier state of things.” Warsaw-based Alicja Bielawska states she not believe in mistakes; mistakes delineate her practice from that of industrial design and mass production techniques which influenced art of the 1960’s. Her drawings, collages, and sculptures insist on a collective memory. The past is not a constraint. The past can function as common ground to connect with the viewer. If we can find common ground, we can negotiate shared possibilities. Our origins can be the same so we can share new ideas. Intuitive drawings made with colored pencils provide a mental architecture and share a basis for her sculptures: colorful, ribbon-wrapped shaped metal rod forms or metal constructions formed for customized textiles made to define its space. Bielawska’s works bridge-build the conceptual gap from the second to the third dimension. For her, sculpture begins with height and width. Depth is a natural extension, uniquely tied to drawing. As a single act is repeated, it creates a pattern. Patterns enable one to experience a sensory vibration, a type of rhythm, becoming ingrained within an individual, subjective universe. Canadian painter Caroline Mousseau’s disciplined practice produces an aesthetic functioning as an impasse between painting genres. Some works appear as abstraction; others look post-minimalist, and some appear to be modernist in inspiration, with obvious geometric design. Mousseau’s different methodologies create beautiful, lyrical, textured, optical surfaces; her dried, paste-y, oil paints physically and visually yearn for her viewer. When we return to the beginning, the sense of possibility is most intense. In the exhibition, mistakes are reframed. Simple gestures, repeated, accumulated value. We can understand mistakes as another opportunity to pioneer the future in a manner that these different artists do: mistakes are another chance to do right. The show feels fun, filled with color, and packed with visual stimulation and thoughtful investigation.
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