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Romancing The Fragment
March 29 – May 3, 2015
→ Hessel Museum of Art
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Romancing The Fragment presents works that are invested in materialist histories, reconstructing our vernacular visual languages in various forms, freezing its fragments and revealing our contemporary culture in ruin. This exhibition explores our relationship to history and contemporary technological mapping as seen through works of art that are demonstrative of a society’s navigation through a fragmented condition.

Cayetano Ferrer, Avery K. Singer together with works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection take as their medium the debris of mass culture to address the urgent question: what are we to do with reconstruction in a time where history and all it’s material ephemera have been subjected to extreme fragmentation?

Romancing The Fragment re-invests in the fragmented conditions attributed to postmodernism, taking seriously issues that we still contend with that have not stopped mattering, as they inform our relationship to time and history. By embracing our fragmented condition these artists rely on digital and online search functions in order to situate the notion of these functions as crucial and sometimes-flawed aspects of the archive. Romancing The Fragment presents artists’ that assemble material as composite, through a material determinism that is dedicated to meticulous material reading and reconstruction.