“The idea behind combining Arlene Wandera’s and Richard Zeiss‘s work in a show is to experience the push and pull the two artistic approaches would exert on each other, and the tension this dynamic would create: Arlene’s work generating multiple strong narratives and potentially pulling Richard’s work into their maelstrom, while Richard’s work, by itself, ideally free of narratives, would in turn possibly respond by imposing questions of medium specificity on Arlene’s work, which, while 3D, in an expanded field may be seen as primarily painting. The juxtaposition of a practice that is strongly indebted to the notion of African Diaspora and its rich trove of narratives and one that takes its cues from late (Western) modernism would never create a static equilibrium. Instead, much like in the prisoner’s dilemma, the observer would achieve partial, fleeting equilibriums, depending on their perceptual point of origin. The result would be a dynamic fluctuation between “duck and rabbit”, an image made famous by Wittgenstein.”
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