SinthomeMarch 3 - March 29, 2015
Sinthome – the archaic spelling of the word symptom in French – refers not only to the creative process, but also to the work of art itself. For psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1900-1981), the sinthome consists in the Borromean Knot’s fourth ring, holding together the real, the symbolic, and the imaginary realms of the psyche.
Through a creative process, the artist may be attempting to write his or her sinthome. Stemming from the subject experience of lack, artistic creations might provide an answer, structured like a language, to the question of the artist’s desire and symptoms. Any work of art may be ascribed to the real, the imaginary or the symbolic, depending on its inherent characteristics, evocation and corporeality. Not only is this inscription dependent on the artist’s creative process, it also lays in the gaze of the Other – the viewer as imagined by the artist or an actual person.
The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Sinthome, a group exhibition featuring the work of Haluk Akakçe, Ding Yi, Théo Mercier, Alexander Ponomarev, Recycle Group, and Wang Du.
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