The Eagle, Bull and Bear- LPP Online Exhibition

The Eagle, Bull, and Bear
Curated by Elyse Mallouk
December 12, 2011- January 15, 2012

Artists: Christopher Robbins, Ghana ThinkTank, Brindalyn Webster, Carrie Dashow, Piero Passacantando, Patrick Hillman, Alyse Emdur, Molleindustria, and Hilary Pecis.

The Eagle, Bull, and Bear explores the political possibilities of myth making. The exhibition argues for a relationship between fantasy and pragmatic action by showing a spectrum of works that render the current landscape changeable. Strategies range from using themes and settings typically reserved for fiction to subverting expectations aligned with pop cultural forms. The title refers to a fable still in progress: one in which nationalism and capitalism have collided, and the health of the union is indistinguishable from that of the markets. In the absence of a succinct moral, the developing narrative calls for strategies that display and inspire unafraid thought. Building a plot from the ground up requires re-envisioning our relationships to one another, to work, and to leisure. It calls for humor, optimism, pragmatism, and persistence. Though fantasy has an escapist ring to it, it has a purpose: to create a break in deterministic logic, introducing alternatives never intended to provide solutions. Likewise, protest is a practical response to inequity, but it requires imagination: the ability to conjure an image of a society that does not yet exist.

To view the full exhibition: The Eagle, Bull and Bear


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