There must be no doubt about the dangerous essence of the everyday, nor about this uneasiness that seizes us each time that, by an unforeseeable leap, we stand back from it and, facing it, we discover that precisely nothing faces us: “What?” “Is this my everyday life? ” Not only must one not doubt it, but one must not dread it; rather one ought to seek to recapture the secret destructive capacity that is in play in it, the corrosive force of human anonymity, the infinite wearing away.
– Maurice Blanchot
That’s just one of the quotes that inspired British artist Walead Beshty’s new exhibition at Petzel Gallery in NYC. Named “A Machinery for Living,” the exhibition helps visitors discover the underlying systems that remain invisible in everyday life. Pieces from artists like Liam Gillick, Franz West, Helen Pashgian, Josiah McElheny, Claire Fontaine, Lewis Baltz, Kelley Walker, Jan Groover, Lee Lozano, and Superstudio are all present in the exhibition, which is on display until August 8th.
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