Future Timelike Infinity

Curated by Michael Endo

Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière, 2020. Installation (plywood, paint, plaster, diffusion fabric)

Exhibition view: North.

Carnation Contemporary, in collaboration with guest curator Michael Endo, invites artists to manifest works which navigate the complex and unknown intersections.

Due to the temporary closure of Carnation Contemporary, join us in taking a close look at Future Timelike Infinity in this online viewing room and reflecting on one of the last times we gathered for an art opening.

LEFT: Sara Hubbs, clockwise from top: Hard Looks, Apparitions, Sunsets Superimposed. Mold-blown glass, cold-worked, various dimensions, $1800-2000.
RIGHT: Exhibition view: North.

Recently, a friend of mine 

asked a group of fellow artists if the art we were creating a few weeks ago still felt relevant in the midst of a global pandemic. While I have yet to answer this question for myself, in the case of the artworks in Future Timelike Infinity the answer is a resounding yes. In a moment where unseen, alien-bodies in virus-form take center-stage in our imaginations, the works in Future Timelike Infinity offer alternative realms for escape and visions for much-needed new realities.

LEFT:  April Armistead, Advice From A Ghost. Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 24" x 0.75" $675.
RIGHT: Anna Mlasowsky, Enantiodromia. Fridge, Electricity.

It’s hard to believe that just six short weeks ago we held an opening for the juried show, Future Timelike Infinity, curated by Michael Endo. Robust crowds wandered between artworks without worry, and quarantines were a news story rather than a reality. Carnation Contemporary now offers Future Timelike Infinity virtually, relying on digital portals and storytelling to connect art and audience.

Exhibition view: East.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the polymorphous politics of the work in Future Timelike Infinity. Additionally, we hope you’ll visit the included artists’ websites, for a deeper dive into individual and specific visions of possible tomorrows. Check out April Nicoles’ indigenous, feminist mythscapes, Anna Mlasowsky’s hermaphrodite convictions, Raina Belleau’s uncanny American symbolisms, Brent Dedas’s interspecies process of collaborative mark-making, and much, much more!

Imagining new futures is now not just timely, but urgent and unavoidable. What kind of world will we live in next year, next month, next week?

- Hannah Newman, April 2020

Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière, 2020 Installation (plywood, paint, plaster, diffusion fabric)
LEFT: G.S. Broz, GSB 203. Medium format film photograph, 6” x 6”.
RIGHT: Raina Belleau, Spirit Fingers. Acrylic and aerosol paint, epoxy clay, found electronics components, hardware, light bulbs, paper mâché, power strip, sharpie, wire, wood, 11" x 7" x 10" $600.

Christian Mickovic, "Flower Girl” (detail)Oil on Canvas, 34" x 28" x 2" $1500.

Future Timelike Infinity

Intuitively or deliberately a speculative, multi-species, and enmeshed exchange is appearing in various forms of contemporary art, manifesting in works that engage with the non-human, alien, silent, and unseen. This work acknowledges the branching antinomies of understanding that better describe an interconnected, non-hierarchical worldview. Requiring neologisms and undiscovered/rediscovered frameworks for understanding, artists look toward speculative philosophies, indigenous ontologies, chthonic and tentacular models of connectivity to change the underlying thoughts we use to think about the world and images we use to imagine the things beyond ourselves.

Lucia Riffel, the great indoors. Video. 2017.

LEFT: Jaclyn Hudak, Antelope canyon. Cyanotype with gouache on paper, 14" x 11" $180.
RIGHT: Brent Dedas, Sfumato No. 322. Cyanotype on paper / long exposure of living honeybee, 45.5" x 38" $4200.

LEFT: Liam MacCormack, Sun. Archival Inkjet Print, 20" x 16” $600.
RIGHT: Liv Johnson, Where There is Smoke. Hardground etching, aquatint, monotyp 9" x 8" $200.

RIGHT: Raina Belleau, I Didn't Hear You Coming. Acrylic paint, apoxie sculpt, aluminum, fabric, found objects, resin, silicone caulk, paper mache, plastic bags, plasti-dip, wire, wood, 60" x 38" x 24" $1050.

Ryan Woodring, Polar Bear Attempts Self Portrait. 1-minute sped-up documentation of a 30 minute performance recorded using Photo Booth. 2019. ice-block, easel, costume, acrylic.

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