SYZYGY CURATOR STATMENT
SYZYGY, curated by Marval A Rex featuring an interdisciplinary cornucopia of artworks from Cade Moga, D Hill, Emily Lucid, Van Jazmin and Yozmit. The works in SYZYGY speak to each artist’s delight in collapsing paradoxes and expanding notions of how inter-dimensional the self can be! This year’s showcase celebrates how art-making in and of itself can be an answer to the inherent contradictions of embodiment, blasting open rigid definitions of selfhood and bridging polarities with an effervescent glee.
SYZYGY: conjunction, yoked together, denoting “close union”, mean a union of opposites or union of paradoxes, a collinear configuration of three celestial bodies
MULTIPLICITY: similar to syzygy, but that a singular being can contain many, many things and IS many things
BEING SINGULAR-PLURAL: the fundamental argument of the book is that being is always “being with,” that “I” is not prior to “we,” that existence is essentially co-existence.
Nancy suggests, however, that we are not simply singular. We are singular plural. We live in a world with over seven billion individuals, not only people within our families and communities, but also with individuals who exist on the other side of the planet, people who may differ from us–or share with us–age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, interests or values–any number of characteristics we use to help describe ourselves and others. Each of us is an individual, a singularity, among this vast plurality.
Our singularity, because it is also plural, need not cut us off from the world or from each other. We exist together—as a society, as human beings in smaller and larger groups and communities, constantly mingling, moving past and around each other.