Jeffrey Gibson in Invisible Thread: Artis–Naples: The Baker Museum, Naples, FL
Humans’ pursuit to transcend mortality and the physical world in order to bend their existence between time and space is an age-old journey. For as long as there have been free-thinking humans, there has been a certain longing in each of us to understand the intricacies of the universe, our own place within the cosmos, the hereafter and the mysticism held within these explorations. Throughout the centuries, artistic expression has been ever present in these pursuits to create physical representations of their journeys. Those fortunate enough to get a glimpse of the “other side” have worked to create visual, auditory or literary representations of their journeys and experiences.
Invisible Thread explores the works of contemporary artists who approach spirituality, transcendence and the subconscious through abstraction and metaphorical representation. These artists have continued in the lineages of the ancestors and artisans in generations before them as the transcribers of the mysteries within the universe while being bound together by an invisible thread in the shared channeling of their collective histories. This exhibition presents a broad swath of mediums and techniques including performance, film, sculpture and painting, while conceptually threading both abstract and representational elements together in the examination of contemporary spirituality and the continued pursuit of transcending physical mortality.
Artists included in the exhibition include Lala Abaddon, Natalie Ball, David Bordett, Awol Erizku, Jeffrey Gibson, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Rachel Libeskind, Tony Rodrigues, Shikeith, Panos Tsagaris, Neha Vedpathak and Monsieur Zohore.