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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Intelligent Design momenta art

Momenta Art
359 Bedford Avenue. Brooklyn , NY 11211

For Immediate Release
Contact: Eric Heist or Michael Waugh

Intelligent Design
guest organized by Rico Gatson and Ellie Murphy
with the work of Jane Benson, Judy Blanco, Sanford Biggers, Nicole Cherubini, Rico Gatson, Deborah Grant , Elana Herzog , Ellie Murphy, *Aron Namenwirth, Ivan Navarro, Kelly Parr, Ara Peterson, Traci Tullius, Aaron Williams, and James Yamada.
March 2 through April 9, 2007
Reception: Friday, March 2, 7-9 pm
Gallery hours: Thursday through Monday, 12-6

Momenta Art is pleased to present a group show organized by artists Rico Gatson and Ellie Murphy. Using system theory as a starting point to enter into emotional realms and states of mind, the artists in Intelligent Design use the abstraction inherent in “system” to approach a diversity of subjects—mathematical, scientific or technological systems; social systems that define gender and race; visual systems of pattern and craft; the cultural systems that create art and music, religion and history.
Artists use system in their work to get at something vast and unsystematic, using sense to get to a place that does not make sense. Rosalind Krauss asserts in her essay “Grids” that the use of system makes it possible for artists to combine the sacred and secular without having to choose between them. But the work we have selected takes this combination to a new place. System here is freed by an increased technological and scientific sense of interconnectedness from the need to be either sacred, profane or both. It assumes the systematic task of existing (a task both physical and spiritual), as it purports to discover the collective hum it believes—it knows –is out there.
The show has a taxonomy of emotion underlying it. The artists don’t decide between intelligent design and the theory of evolution. They fix their belief in one system and all systems simultaneously. By definition, system describes both the individual elements and their interaction and functioning together as a whole. Gatson and Murphy are fascinated by artists taking the scientific, mathematical and technological to personal, emotional or spiritual regions. System in this sense brings together the abstract and the concrete. It is where the personal becomes the universal.
Momenta Art is located at 359 Bedford Avenue , ground floor, between S4th and S5th Sts. in Williamsburg , Brooklyn . By subway, take the L train to Bedford stop (the first stop in Brooklyn ). Exit on the Bedford side. Walk south 12 blocks. By car, take the outside lane of the Williamsburg Bridge to the first exit. Make a sharp right onto Broadway. Drive 2 blocks to Bedford Avenue and make a right. We are located a half block on the right after you pass under the bridge.

Momenta Art is supported by Altria, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, The Greenwich Collection, Ltd., The Jerome Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation on the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and individual supporters.

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