The Space of Thoughts II

Qwist Joseph & Maja Radanavić 

February 20-April 17, 2016

The Space of Thoughts II, opening Saturday, February 20th, 6-10pm, will feature work by Qwist Joseph (Lincoln, NE) and Maja Radanović (Toronto, Canada) and will be on view at Darger HQ through April 17.

The exhibition title is an homage to Im Spazio (The Space of Thoughts), curated by Italian art critic Germano Celant in Genoa, Italy, in 1967, and is considered to be the official start of the Arte Povera movement.  Arte Provera (1967-1972) took a radical stance that promoted the notion of a revolutionary art, free of convention, the power of structure, and the market place.

Both Qwist Joseph and Maja Radanović have practices that evolve from the examination of everyday objects and the cultural implications of the objects or product-making.  Humans have developed elaborate and diverse systems to categorize and dictate the value of things.  With roots in the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s, both artists deploy everyday items in their work as a means of examining the cultural implications of object-making and the practices by which we assign value (commercial and otherwise) within our cultural milieu.

Serbian artist Maja Radanović examines different social values, historical heritage and stereotypes.  She enjoys researching and then creating work that responds to various local and global issues.  To artist Qwist Joseph, American culture is one of immediacy and knowability; it is important to him that his work offers a departure from this monotonous reality.