Songs of Praise for the Heart Beyond Cure

Songs of Praise for the Heart Beyond Cure

Art Palace, Austin, TX

July - August, 2008

In our time of globalism, where the mass market and the media constantly and relentlessly gauge who we are and how we live our lives, many people have turned to a variety of forms of introspection in search of their spiritual selves and a sense of authenticity amidst all the white noise. Ironically, merchandizing has tapped into the yearnings behind this return to the individual and to nature. Products are now marketed as “green.” Self-help books tout the power of positive thinking, and sales claims blur the boundaries between the search for self and the loud blare of capitalist mass consumerism. A common question the works on view seem to ask is how do we straddle these impulses; how do we reconcile the individual and the collective?

This suite of videos and drawings examines spirituality and materiality in light of our media driven culture. The works mix nature and psychedelia, yogic chants with teenage angst, and dystopian fair rides with a hand-written history of the mall. Exhibited together, the works reflect the anxiety and weirdness of our contemporary moment. Artists in the exhibition include: Cooper Battersby, Emily Vey Duke, Jenny Perlin, Deborah Johns, Siebren Versteeg, and Melissa Scherrer. 

Exhibition Review in Glasstire