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Sep 15–Dec 15, 2013

Suicide Narcissus

Lucy Skaer, Leviathan’s Edge, 2009.

  • Lucy Skaer, Leviathan’s Edge, 2009.

  • Suicide Narcissus, Installation View, 2013.

  • Katie Paterson, All the Dead Stars, 2009.

  • Thomas Baumann, Tau Sling, 2008.

  • Suicide Narcissus, Installation View, 2013.

  • Suicide Narcissus, Installation View, 2013.

  • Lucy Skaer, Leviathan’s Edge, 2009.

  • Lucy Skaer, Leviathan’s Edge, 2009.

  • Lucy Skaer, Leviathan’s Edge, 2009.

  • Lucy Skaer, Leviathan’s Edge, 2009.

  • Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer, The Infinite Library, 2007-2013.

  • Suicide Narcissus, Installation View, 2013.

  • Suicide Narcissus, Installation View, 2013.

  • Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer, The Infinite Library, 2007-2013.

  • Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer, The Infinite Library, 2007-2013.

  • Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer, The Infinite Library, 2007-2013.

  • Maybe the Mayans weren’t referring to an event but a mindset. Although the world did not end in 2012, climate change has forced us to think about our fate as a species, to confront the thought of our extinction wondering if we are an exception. Clearly, the grand evolutionary scheme of things tells us no. Human history relative to natural history amounts to a mere speck in time. The earth was here long before us, and it will be here long after us. Over the 3.5 billion years of life on earth, countless species have come and gone.

    While this is a humbling thought, as the planet’s dominant species, we are less defined by our humility and more by our chauvinism. The will to survive has become the right to survive, a right whose abuse has made startlingly clear the fragile parameters governing terrestrial life. Our ecological crisis taints all facets of our relationship to nature such that culture and our quest for knowledge can only be juxtaposed against reflections on folly, catastrophe and death. Featuring eight artists, Suicide Narcissus is a group exhibition meant to serve as a contemporary vanitas.

    This exhibition and related programming have been made possible through generous support from the Arts|Science Initiative, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, RBC Wealth Management, Nicholson Center for British Studies, The Center for Latin American Studies, the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation and Poem Present.

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