Sept 9th and Oct 1st, 2010. 7:00 p.m.
On Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., De La Cruz Collection presents “The Contemporary Sublime”, a Lecture with Dr. Rober Hobbs. The first extended discussion on the sublime has been attributed to the first-or-third-century B.C.E. Greek writer known as Longinus, who defined this aesthetic category as “the echo of greatness of soul” and connected it with a “forceful and inspired passionate” style of speaking.
Of crucial importance to the history of taste and philosophy from the late seventeenth century until early 19th century, the sublime again became important in the mid-twentieth century with the Abstract Expressionist Barnett Newman. Since that time, it has become so crucial to recent developments that a number of critics have suggested this aesthetic category as postmodernism’s most convincing replacement.
Dr. Robert Hobbs’ lecture will look at the contemporary sublime in terms of its technological, traumatic, abject, racial, feminist, ecological, and terrorist aspects. In addition, he will consider the art of Wade Guyton, Meredyth Sparks, and Kelley Walker in terms of the distinct type of the sublime he calls “Diffism.”
On Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., the Collection then presents a lecture with Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker, who will be discussing their site-specific installation at the de la Cruz Collection, realized as the autonomous artist entity GuytonWalker.
The piece consists of colorful silkscreened drywall pieces and paintings replete with scanned images of tropical fruits, checkerboard backgrounds and digitally re-hashed visual material from popular culture. A series of paint cans with custom-printed labels are spread across the space and extend the pictures’ material presence to the third dimension.
For this installation, GuytonWalker introduces new elements into its work, such as printed-on Formica tables functioning both as high-end design objects and sculptural support for visual material. Wooden shipping crates -similar to those presented at the 2009 Venice Biennale- serve as architectural structures supporting the rest of the installation.
De La Cruz Collection
23 NE 41st Street
Miami, FL 33137