THE QUANTUM EFFECT @ The Active Space, 566 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn | November 30, 2012 - January 13, 2013
JONATHAN FELDSCHUH / MADORA FREY / THOMAS FRONTINI
CARTER HODGKIN / ELISSA LEVY / ANNE ARDEN MCDONALD
JEANNE TREMEL / MICHAEL ZANSKY
There are three questions that occur to anyone who looks at a work of art: What, Why, How?
The work of art has a purpose in informing our view of the world, and perhaps, if it is successful enough, in effecting the world itself by adding a layer of meaning to what is known. “The Quantum Effect” explores the relationship between beauty, the known, and the unknown. It relates to a shared understanding through the standards of scale and perspective, parsing the degree to which art represents a paradoxical view of reality.
Looking at any work of art, we at first have to render it as real, and then as beautiful, or at least useful. If it is both real and beautiful, then its use is predetermined as making the world beautiful and giving praise to real things. If it is neither, then we will have to ask the other two questions. If we get to how then we are looking at it in an entirely different manner, because our questions have entered into the metaphysical, into definitions of reality and utility, and through layers of paradox.