Ascetic Natural, Exhibition by Chad Burt
11 November 2011, 14.00 - 18.00 – 18 November 2011
Invited by Ron Lux
Open: Thu - Sa 2-6 pm.
A wanderer stumbles in a seemingly psychedelic trance through a northern landscape. A probably-insane searcher. Pathetic archetype. The foothills of the Canadian rockies of Alberta. A place that seems at once alien and familiar. A dream-like landspace. Who is this wandering figure? A cartoon character? A hermetic monk? Your uncle on mushrooms? Zarathustra!?
â€˜The ascetic practices most familiar to us, those responsible for guiding our halting evolution from natural to human animals, have exhausted their usefulness for the continued development of humankind. They have furthermore engendered the â€œwill to nothingnessâ€ that now threatens our very existence.â€™
â€˜To translate man back into nature; to become master over the many vain and overly enthusiastic interpretations and connotations that have so far been scrawled and painted over that eternal basic text [Grundtext] of homo natura.â€™
What is he searching for? Is it his forever lost first-nature?
â€˜While Nature has proven its resiliency time and again in this century, confounding all attempts by philosophers and scientists to vanquish it as a ground or condition of political life, the perfection of humankind may nevertheless lie beyond the plenum of Nature, in a cyborg artifice or machinic simulacrum of human â€œnature.â€â€™
Painting is the foundation and point of departure for BurtÂ´s practice. The images and ideas he formulates through painting are often extended to the physical world as objects, performances, or videos which are juxtaposed and set in relationships with the paintings. An engagement with transcendence, spirituality, and belief is at the crux of his practice, although it is ambivalence in thinking about these matters that drives his work.
Quoted texts: Nietsche and the Political, Daniel Conway