SALVAGED

curated by Dina Brodsky and Tun Myaing
at Island Weiss Gallery, November 8 – December 21, 2011

read curatorial statement
review by Frederick Lembeck for the Westbeth News: “Salvaged”


A spark of fire emerges from the friction of two sticks: a flash of life, quickly subsumed by immutable physical law: heat, death, cold. Humans and all of their creations, like the spark, come into existence only to fade, guided to silence by the forces of nature. Spirit is the hope that a part of every human triumphs over death, some part that can’t be unraveled, broken down, or dragged into the void. It is our most potent means to avoid dissolution by the external and internal forces of the world.

In the end, we dissolve into the immaterial, however spirit calls us back to life. The act of remembering is unique to the humankind; it empowers a temporary deity within us. Remembering renders the power to salvage, to save from the wreckage.

Before we die, we create a pact with the living, to salvage us from oblivion by recalling us from the immaterial void. This contract exists between humanity and all things we love.

An artist is specifically trained in the art of salvage, to stave off the forces of entropy, to rescue from loss that which nature mandates to disappear – An artist salvages memories, sparks, time.

A salvage, once performed, is a promise kept. In bearing witness to it, we a reminded and assured that our own memories will be recalled, that our spirits will be kept safe. A salvage ensures that after our passing, our names will continue to be spoken and our essence live on.