William Pope.L will speak about two co-existing and opposing impulses observed his own work and in contemporary art over the past twenty years: the desire for wholeness, a center, origins, an anchor and stability in an artwork; and, simultaneously, the drive for fragmentation, dispersal, centerlessness, floating and drifting and instability. “Perhaps this condition has always been with us,” Pope.L muses. “Or perhaps its existence in art today is simply a case of coveting the cake and wanting to eat it too. Or!—maybe this mode is the only truly conscious way to make art today. And perhaps there is nothing so dramatic occurring here as opposition and contradiction but instead merely necessary complements and contraries.”
This lecture is presented in partnership with SPACES.