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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Haluk Akakçe (b. 1970) is a Turkish multimedia artist who explores the role of technology in manipulating human perceptions in the current age. His work thus far includes abstract paintings, animated video projections, and electronic installations, which inquire into the existence...View Artist Page →
Wang Du (b. 1956), an artist born in Hubei province, China and having lived under Mao Zedong’s leadership, creates works that reflect upon an era of tightly controlled media, which persists in current times and in different forms around the...View Artist Page →
Alexander Ponomarev (b. 1957) is a Russian artist who lives and works in Moscow. A nautical engineer and a practiced submariner, Ponomarev uses experiences obtained from his travels to the depths of oceans and across arctic terrains as a lens through...View Artist Page →
Recycle Group consists of Andrey Blokhin (b. 1987) and Georgy Kuznetsov (b. 1985), two contemporary Russian artists who work primarily with industrial mediums such as acrylic, plastic mesh, and polyurethane rubber to examine contemporary culture through a quasi-archaeological lens. As...View Artist Page →