Feb 6–Mar 31, 2013

Glitter and Folds

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Glitter and Folds, 2013

Glitter and Folds, 2013, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

What do we know to be true? That the earth rotates, time moves forward, gravity pulls, and mirrors reflect light. A swinging pendulum traces seismic patterning on a gallery floor, concentric circles that reveal the invisible forces of their making. A single-channel video pulsates kaleidoscopic rhythms against a wall, the multiple reflections of conjoined mirrors echoed by a synthetic soundtrack of needles dropping. But as we move closer, reality seems to shift, and the certainties of perception and experience start to fold. A series of photographs embed the by-products of revelry—glitter, shattered mirrors, glass, and pearls—in soiled wastelands of an uncertain ground, asking us to reconsider seemingly inalienable laws of physics and faith. Elsewhere, the artist’s body becomes a litmus test for the violence of social breakdown, a glittering reflection caught in a site of urban neglect.

Glitter and Folds, on view February 6 through March 31, 2013, in ICA’s Project Space, presents photography, video, and site-specific installation by four contemporary artists, in whose works glitter appears to reveal a folding of invisible phenomena into material reality. As much as these actions divine the physical forces that structure the tangible fabric of everyday experience, they also reveal breaks in an urban and social landscape increasingly marked by precariousness, fear, and a gamble for redemption in the face of collapse.
Crystal Z. CampbellField KallopJayson KeelingCarter MullDiamond Dust Ellipses: Field Kallop InstallingWith Tomorrow’s Sun: Public Program as Glittering Vortex at ICAExcursus IV: ConversationGlitter and Folds 1

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Sat, Mar 30, 2013, 2PM
Excursus IV: Conversation
ICA is grateful to Leonard A. Lauder for his generous sponsorship of the WhitneyLauder Curatorial Fellows program. Additional funding has been provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania. Free admission to ICA for the public is sponsored by the Amanda (C95) & Glenn (W87/WG88) Fuhrman Fund. General operating support provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Barra Foundation. ICA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ICA thanks La Colombe for providing complimentary coffee at public events. ICA acknowledges Le Méridien Philadelphia as our official Unlock Art™ partner hotel.