These days are crammed with pathological tension.
Exhausted men and women wearily share revealing tales of near all-nighters, dedicated to Sisyphean work tasks or simply lost to reflux, nerves and unrelenting panicked stress. The new normal is hyper-competitive, over-scheduled ten-year-olds with nervously trembling hands, anxiety-induced backaches or spastic colons.
And, in the visual arts – self-destructively workaholic perfectionism fueled by bottomless ambition and an over-the-top fear of failure often reaps the highest rewards. Count the man-hours that go into physically constructing most gallery shows. List the art historical, philosophical and pop-cultural references demonstrating the level of strategic planning, research and thought that went into each brush stroke, miter cut and pyrotechnical gesture.
New York artist and rising art-star Sarah Braman’s exhibition at International Art Objects (previously, China Art Objects) in Culver City, entitled These Days, has absolutely nothing to do with this. It might even be a type of remedy. (more…)