TBA ON SIGHT is a collection of installations, exhibitions, projections, and gatherings by visual artists, curated and organized by Kristan Kennedy, Visual Art Program Director for PICA. Featuring Charles Atlas, Ronnie Bass, Dan Gilsdorf, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Christopher Miner, John Smith, Ruby Sky Stiler, Storm Tharp, Yemenwed, and People’s Biennial, curated by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann.
“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever.” —Carl Sagan
Wandering around in bodies that support and betray us, we obsess about the material and immaterial. We are a species with mysterious origins, which despite centuries of investigation have yet to be explained. To exist and to question our existence is our destiny. Here, under the banner Human Being, I have gathered a suite of artists’ projects, which attempt to develop a culture around the perception of beauty, aesthetics, philosophy, and this particular human condition.
The artists included mine the deeply personal in order to explore the universal, constructing work that contrasts the confusion of the present with the seemingly concrete nature of the past. They are linked by their distillation of history through a kind of genetic memory or direct reference. They have inherited an art history and a societal history in which the aesthetics, ideas, and morals of past eras appear less subject to the chaos of our world’s present moral and ethical uncertainties.
Confused by inheritance, we wonder: Are we at the endgame of abstract reasoning? Are we so far removed from the literal, the concrete, that we don’t know what it is to be human? Are the fragments produced from our lives worthy of inclusion in our art? Is the search for meaning and beauty possible in a post–everything society?
It is through this questioning that I hope to present not one theory, but many, all of which collide and explode when side by side, leaving us in a cloud of dust. The very stuff we are made of.
Kristan Kennedy, Curator, PICA
TBA ON SIGHT is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; Kristy Edmunds, Fund for New Work; National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; OTAK, Inc.; The Nimoy Foundation; and WS Contracting.