Artist: Anne de Vries
Material: Polystyrene with UV print on Vinyl wrap.
Subject matter: Photographs from different social, political, and religious gatherings, such as Hong Kong Protest 2015, Mecca Hajj Sep 2014, Tunisia Protest Jan 2011, ‘Je Suis Charlie’ March Place de la Republique in Paris, Jan 2015, Martin Luther King Jr. speech in Washington August 1963, Guatemala Rises Up May 2015, and others.
About: Before they could be used for flight, feathers first appeared on dinosaurs for other, terrestrial purposes such as heat regulation, camouflage or signaling. Blindly, and through the ecstasy of geological timespans, their use was transformed and mortal animals were again granted the power of flight in a new way. In biology the evolution of the feather is an example of an exaptive trait, namely a trait that evolves for use in solving one adaptive problem, but then is at some point retooled or co-opted to serve another. Recent computational models of E.Coli suggest most traits start off as exaptations. The exaptive trait stands in opposition to the idea that biology or the world is pre-determined. Instead it is wholly contingent. If the forms and functions of heredity can be so fundamentally repurposed and our material, animal bodies transmogrified to fly over mountains and swim beneath oceans, it is because matter is itself inherently open, lacking in essential character or permanent identity. A deep modularity of/and in service to a matter determined to experience all variations of itself. Whatever functions a structure has today is no clear indication of its function or meaning in the future. At each moment of time, we are new. Dependently originated, the universe in a unique configuration; empty of essence yet pregnant with unimagined forms and unpredictable capacities. The artworks and objects in this exhibition speak to the ability of the world to transform to its core.
Installation views from E_MERGE at Foam Museum, Amsterdam and ‘Asdzáá nádleehé‘ curated by Timur Si-Qin at Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York