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Stalgia Grigg: is a weapon and we
June 14, 2019 - June 18, 2019
opening reception: fri june fourteen : seven to ten
on view sat june fifteen—tues june eighteen : noon to six
The ideological ground that Logic and Rationality stand on is slipping away. Liberalism has rallied to defend the sacred ground of “truth,” while slowly realizing it may have been a constructed fiction all along. At the same time, a reactionary Right (including a nascent fascist movement) has weaponized fuzzy logic, finding a unified front in the incomprehensible. In this cultural space, the Left struggles with the stasis generated by an inability to resolve a contradictory multiplicity, much less shift this resolution into a true consensus.
In his first US solo show, Stalgia Grigg exhibits work which draws upon a long lineage of artistic practices that reject sense-making. He extends this tradition with game engine simulations, emergent non-human intelligence, and machine-generated political outrage. This is not for its own sake, but towards an understanding of how contradiction, incoherence, and looping logic can serve the Left in escaping the stasis of history.