What does it mean to indulge in fantasies of the apocalypse? To abandon secular skepticism? Ask, what does the end look like? What does it sound like? What happens after the end? What is left behind? How would we be remembered? And, will we be remembered?
The apocalypse is a global phenomena that resides in nearly every culture and society. Interpretations of this catastrophic event have been documented for thousands of years, residing in the texts and oral traditions of ancient civilizations and religious doctrine, as well as contemporary scientific hypotheses. For mankind, it is the greatest erasure of all--a universal event made personal.
My Apocalypse is a group exhibition of local, national, and international artists to be held in Rochester, New York. The curatorial focus of the show brings together disparate works of art with the conceit that the end is coming or underway. Asking the viewer to suspend disbelief, this exhibition creates an environment of text, sound and imagery wherein the viewer does not question the likelihood of an apocalypse, but instead contemplates its meaning and implications.
The exhibition will be presented in two parts. Part one will open June 1st for Rochester's First Friday at the Hungerford Building, an old manufacturing plant along the railway lines located on the outskirts of the city. Throughout June there will be several live performances and recordings from Rochester musicians that deal with the exhibition's theme. There will be a closing reception at the end of the month.
The second part will be held in 2013, pending.
Financial support allows me to procure a space appropriate for this exhibition, and to prepare it to the standards that these artists and their works deserve. Funds for shipping allow me to bring national and international work to Rochester, broadening the scope of the exhibition even while supporting local talent.
As a thank you, all supporters will receive either a print, a booklet, a live recording, or a combination of the three based on the amount of the donation. And, of course, I hope you will be able to make it to the exhibition.
follow the exhibition's blog for details and updates, myapocalypse2012.tumblr.com
Ryan Barone, Cory Card, Erica Esham, Nicolas Guzman, Fumikazu Ishino, Adam Jacono, Michael Krutsch, Manuel Marquez, Alyssa Marzolf, Lauren Payne, Brian Keith Sharrock, Cassandra Troyan
Writing Contributions From:
Tommy P. Keane, Susan Hope Lanier, Emily McKibbon
Travis Johansen, Mike Turzanski
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