Please join us on Thursday, January 21 from 7 - 9pm for the opening reception of 'Above the Clouds' a solo exhibition of work by Edmonton born, Aryen Hoekstra. The artist will be in attendance.
The cost for this event is free.
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for this event are welcome and greatly appreciated.
Exhibition Text: The 1962 Fair was presided over by then president John F. Kennedy, a year in which the United States teetered between its most destructive and creative impulses. In September of that year JFK delivered his “We choose to go to the Moon” speech in an attempt to persuade the American population to support the effort to land a man on the moon. Later that fall, as the World’s Fair drew to a close, his administration had the planet on the brink of collapse, culminating in the narrowly avoided nuclear catastrophe known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Coming on the heels of WWII, which called into question the stability of modernity’s ideological grounding, these duel impulses effectively finish the task of removing any permanent physical foundation – either by leaving the planet through space travel, or by destroying our terrestrial home through nuclear warfare. The result is the contemporary sense of groundlessness felt today, as theorised by Oliver Marchart as post-foundational thought, and later written on by Hito Steyerl in her essay In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective.