2015 > Adam Farcus: Staying Found

"Staying Found" is a one-night only project by Chicago-based artist Adam Farcus. Join us on Friday, November 6, from 5 to 8pm. Violet Poe Projects is located at 1425 East Olive Street, Bloomington, Illinois.

Project Statement:
We are rotten food. We are building a raft. We are the ocean. The world is in trouble, and we are to blame. 97 percent of the surface of Greenland's ice sheet thawed over a four day period in the summer of 2012, the salinity of the oceans is changing more extremely and rapidly than predicted, and the frequency and intensity of severe weather events, such as Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, will continue to increase. These real and devastating climate-change-influenced events expose the impermanence of constants we cling to for reassurance and stability and engender fears that are as ubiquitous as they are amorphous.

The works in Staying Found do not ask viewers to passively ignore climate change and its fear-inducing effects. Neither are they a call-to-arms to end carbon emissions. The goal is to create an experience that is both emotionally-complex and an alternative to the often confusing, numbers-based, phenomenon of climate change and its alarming products. Adam Farcus's sculptures, commissioned "Korean Leather Paintings," and new publication, Rise, attend to these ideas though concept-driven creative making. The ideas for the pieces in this exhibition dictate the materials and forms where, because of his desire to work directly with signs and not representations, concepts are executed in appropriation-based artworks. Through poetic sleight of hand, this work exemplifies the anxieties and fears surrounding climate change while also offering devious and psychological-cum-superstitious respite.
—Adam Farcus, 2015

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