The secret I am seeking lies hidden in a valley full of olive trees, under the grass and the cold violets, around an old house that smells of wood smoke. For more than twenty years I rambled over that valley and others resembling it, I questioned mute goatherds, I knocked at the door of deserted ruins. Occasionally, at the moment of the first star in the still bright sky, under a shower of shimmering light, I thought I knew. I did know, in truth. I still know, perhaps. But no one wants any of this secret; I don’t want any myself, doubtless; and I cannot stand apart from my people. I live with my family, which thinks it rules over rich and hideous cities built of stones and mists. […] But its misfortune is mine, and we are of the same blood. A cripple, likewise, an accomplice and noisy, have I not shouted among the stones? Consequently, I strive to forget, I walk in our cities of iron and fire, I smile bravely at the night, I hail the storms, I shall be faithful. I have forgotten, in truth: active and deaf, henceforth. But perhaps someday, when we are ready to die of exhaustion and ignorance, I shall be able to disown our garish tombs and go and stretch out in the valley, under the same light, and learn for the last time what I know.
–Albert Camus / from Return to Tipasa
Welcome to the .074th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
Deepening the understanding of Vivian Maier’s oeuvre and her keenness to record, the works capture the street life of Chicago and New York, and include a number of her enigmatic self-portraits. On view through January 5, 2019 at Howard Greenberg Gallery.
From solitary swerves to collective radiance, the ten dancers who perform with Lia Rodrigues Dance Company drag us into the heart of the world of f(r)iction in constant mutation, that resonates profoundly with our world. From December 12 – 15, 2018 at Le Centquatre.
“What we have here is an orchestration of thematics, such that everywhere one looks, a poetics of the systematic reappears, rephrased – and the viewer is emphatically within it; it’s an environment.” –Martin Herbert. New works of Darren Almond on view at White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey through January 20, 2019.
Sou Fujimoto, Energy Forest, 2012
Black holes, dark matter, gravity, space, time and motion – these are phenomena that fascinate scientists and artists alike, Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination. Including works by Julian Charrière and William Kentridge, among others. On view through April 7, 2019 at Bildmuseet.
Artist and performer Kasia Fudakowski has this ability to find visual forms far from any literal translation, that serve to explore her captivating mindmap of socially engaged ideas and psychology. From December 14 through January 13, 2019 at 1646.
Gustavo Pérez Monzón
Through paintings, drawings, sculpture and installations, Gustavo Pérez Monzón uses organic materials and geometric forms to grant importance to space and the sensory stimulation that comes from changing it. At Richard Saltoun Gallery through January 5, 2019.
Furia, Lia Rodrigues Dance Company / Photos Sammi Landweer
Gustavo Pérez Monzón with new works after a 30-year hiatus, Rosa de Cancio at Richard Saltoun Gallery; Kasia Fudakowski performing and exhibiting Elephant Juice at 1646; Lia Rodrigues and her company bringing us f(r)iction of Furia at Le Centquatre; New painting and sculpture works of Darren Almond, Time Will Tell on view at White Cube Gallery; Vivian Maier’s Color Work on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery; Isabelle Ha Eav and Fernanda De Icaza, two additional candidates for the 2019 30 Under 30 Women Photographers; and reintroducing Julian Charrière and William Kentridge, among several represented in Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination at Bildmuseet.