Cracking the code

By IAN PAIGE  |  July 26, 2006

A philosophical parallel is found in Jean Baudrillard’s rejection of the principles posited by Michel Foucault. Foucault organizes the ages into successive systems of empirical knowledge and discourse from which power is derived. Enter Dan Brown’s Big-Brother-style Catholic Church. In contrast, Baudrillard suggests a contemporary climate of excessive meaning. Technological hyper-communication pushes all information to a transparent forefront, abandoning a very necessary and human symbolic logic. Go on, Google Baudrillard and you’ll be proving the point.

"Art Brutes" is an extremely insightful show about this decisive blow originating with the Dadaists at the high noon of modernism. The artistic necessity has perhaps only increased in our current hyperreal existence so as to break through our multitudinous veils of existence. Pieces like Manners’s “An Original Van Gogh” and Pasternak’s “Memoirs of R” are also simply a joy to observe and lead the eye through beautiful eddies of texture and planes of color while still maintaining absurdist mandates.

"The Duchamp Code" is part of a multi-tiered response to a century-long development of technology, globalization and breaking down of the sacred systems of the human psyche. Nevermind the Da Vinci Code, leave it to the Dadaists to shake you out of your sweatshop-shoes and notice there are other modes of existence.

ART BRUTES | works by Gaylord Pasternak + Gary Manners | through July 29 | at Ubu Studio, 316A Congress St, Portland | 207.699.2550

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