It is curious that in his investigation of "thingness" and how the perceived limits of our language and material culture inform and reaffirm structures of being, Kerr employs mainly two-dimensional mediums which are, once in a gallery setting, static documents. While representing an expression and promotion of opportunity and development, the works stand as records of intellectual exploration that, behind glass, are necessarily terminal. In other projects and manifestations, Kerr's methodology is collaborative, performative, and plastic — embodying his cross-disciplinary and ephemeral perspective. Here he attempts a more stable, ambient, and visually reverberant approach to steeping in an argument, allowing for deep subjective exploration of the perceived "otherness" of Truth. Eschewing an instructive navigational guide to his propositions may ultimately be detrimental to their realization here, as behind an otherwise uncompelling aggregation of scribbles is a visceral narrative of control and chaos. Whatever the viewer's experience may be, Kerr provides a cultural experiment that in its most base interpretation confuses accepted vocabularies of art consumption and aesthetics, and at its best confronts problems of reference and representation at large.

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"THINGS: PROPOSITIONS/EXAPTATIONS, A DIAGRAMMATIC CONSTRUCTION OF NEW MODES OF BEING-OF-THE-WORLD" | works by Iain Kerr | through May 29 | at Gallery 37-A, 37A Wharf St, Portland |

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