CHHS Projects 2022: an / æsthetics


An/Aesthetics
A Sculpture Exhibit at Century House Historical Society

“If I am right, some works of art not only make us suggestible, and
with it susceptible, to new values, beliefs, and ideologies, but they
also anaesthetize us against the pain that often attends such
upheavals.”

— David Novitz “The Anaesthetics of Emotion,” in Emotion and the
Arts, edited by Mette Hjort and Sue Laver. New York: Oxford University
Press. 1999.

Opening Friday August 5th 4pm-8pm, 2022

In this, the latest outdoor sculpture exhibit to be held on the grounds of the Century House Historical Society, we wonder…

Can history be understood as a testament to a human capacity for unfeeling? While the history of medical anaesthesia has been well documented and explored, we seek to expand the generative possibilities of an anaesthetic interpretation of human (and
other-than-human) history, and towards this purpose we look to present work that engages with, avoids, supports, repudiates, touches upon, buttresses, undermines … the notion of anaesthesia in all of its diverse and various manifestations: as repetition and trance, hypnosis, the waking dream-state, the numbness of routine, reverie, Hypnos and the domain of sleep, the river Lethe and forgetting, amnesia, oblivion, the intentional protection of the senses (nepsis), asceticism, aestheticism….

In presenting this exhibit, we wonder “How can we pull the un-felt back into the realm of feeling?” We seek work that engages with the notion of salvage — as a rescue attempt — towards the retrieval of the insensible, the redemption of the dismissed, the recovery of discarded sensibilities.

The An/Aesthetics organizers: Michael Asbill, Jeff Benjamin, Lital Dotan, Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington, Emilie Houssart

Performance by Tidal Channel 6 p.m.
Solo saxophone performance by Tim Otto, 6:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading by Seán Monagle, time T.B.D.
Poetry reading by Claire Dauge-Roth. Time TBD

 

Artists in An/aesthetics:

Billy Cancelwww.billycancelpoetry.com
The Center for the Study of the Relationship Between Words and Stonesweb.stanford.edu/group/ar…
Steve Cherny
Michele Clarkwww.micheleclark.work
Isabel Cotareloisabelcotarelo.wixsite.co…
Renata Del Riegoart-discontent.com/art/re…
Kayla Gibbonskaylagibbons.net
Susan Grahamsusangrahamart.com
Raphael Griswold
Sergey Jivetinwww.jivetin.com
Neal Hollinger and Kieren Kinsellaonemilegallery.com/neal-h…
www.kierankinsella.com/ab…
Gary Kachadourianwww.garykachadourian.com
Meredith and Harry Kunhardt28aclay.com/pages/about-u…
Tali Levi
Eve Joslyn Madalengoitiawww.evejoslyn.com
Thomas Manganero
Marko Marilawww.markomarila.com
Laura McCallumwww.lauramccallum.net
Seán Monagle
Matthias Neumannnormal.artinoddplaces.org…
www.sculpturemilwaukee.co…
Joel Olzakwww.joelolzak.com
Tim Ottowww.timottomusic.com/musi…
Elisa Pritzkerwww.elisapritzker.com
Ephraim, Kiersten and Raivo Puusemp
Molly Rauschmollyrausch.com
Brian James Robinson
Andres San-Millanwww.figureartscape.com
Greg Slickwww.gregslickart.com
Tony Stanzionewww.stanzionestudio.com/
Robert Theen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Roberta Trentin and Bosch Purvis
Suvi Tuominenvimeo.com/suvituominen
Peter Lamborn Wilsonen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…