Identity XII - Memorandum on Sublime

NCA | Nichido Contemporary Art

poster for Identity XII - Memorandum on Sublime

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The word “sublime” embodies the main theme of this exhibition, yet this does not imply that each artist’s work has been created in order to adhere to such concept. Sublime is rather something that belongs to the realm of emotions, which the “recipients” of the artworks feel. In his famous “Art e Bios” art critic Atsushi Okada tells us that Delacroix considered Theodore Gericault’s painting series, “Anatomical Pieces”, the first example in the history of art of paintings not characterized by a central theme while representing pure fragments of the sublime. As clearly depicted by Delacroix’s words, leaving behind an era where aspects such as “myth”, “religion” and “history” were subjects of great importance, with the advent of the 19th century paintings experienced the loss of such main themes leading to a theme-less trend that has continued up to the present.
It can be argued that, from an era where main subjects were generated by the shared perception of specific recipients (royal and aristocratic classes, or the Church), and came precisely to assure their status, as the art began to pursue a new path reaching out to an unlimited audience, that shared perspective, main themes as recollections-equal-visual images that must be shared by the collectivity, got lost instead.
Now, in an era shared by many people, main themes start to rise from the expression of the creative process, each of them with their own individually identified nature.
It is here that a certain common sense comes to life, where viewers facing each single artwork do not only empathize with the theme radiating from such individual creations, but they also experience unutterable empathy that goes beyond joy and sorrow.
We live in a society that prioritizes the “whole” abandoning the “singularity”, where anti-intellectual tendencies are increasing, with scenarios where the human knowledge falls short as observed in the nuclear plant accident. This is why we urge to experience the emotions evoked by facing individual expression.



from June 24, 2016 to July 30, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-06-24 from 18:00 to 20:00



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