Tyler Adams, Bridget Batch, Carl Berg, Phil Bower, Mara De Luca, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Amy Sampson, The Fine Arts Department
curated by Allen Tombello
“Hungry all the time, hungry, hungry, hungry we are.” – Yoda
Opening: Saturday, July 25 from 5‐8pm
Exhibition: July 25 ‐ August 22, 2015
Arena 1 Gallery is pleased to present Bliss Point, a group exhibition curated by Allen Tombello that gathers the work of artists of various mediums to explore the concepts of bliss, satiety and consumption. Each of the artists of the bliss point employs a different trajectory in the manufacture of their work.
The bliss point is a quantity of consumption where any further increase would make the consumer less satisfied. The optimal amount of salt, sugar, or fat in a French fry. Or the blend of spiritual gratification, true love, and béchamel sauce that will allow anyone to attain perfect happiness.
Why should artists be concerned with a bliss point? After all vast analytics and research groups exist to identify, re-create, and sell it. But curator Allen Tombello, himself an artist, notes that even in art making, we are foragers for formulas and recipes in the cafeterias of staged desire. We aestheticize pleasure, critique, a variety of struggles between concept and material. Corporate objectives typically survey how palatability is optimized by the combination of the key ingredients our bodies crave. Artists too are working hard to sniff out methods and recipes for success, happiness and fulfillment.
For Tombello, “that moment in space and time when artist, object and spectator meet is held in abeyance. The idea of meaning as well as gratification is delayed. The pinnacle of ravenous consumption – ‘a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork,’ is paused and framed.”
Bliss Point artist Tyler Adams creates individual enigmatic soundscapes. Bridget Batch offers personalized transcendental camping and photography that question notions of consumer desire.
Phil Bower paints sexual coupling behind the luminous screen of nature, Izima Kaoru’s subjects imagine a moment of jouissance at the point of death. The Fine Arts Department creates personalized worship space based on airport designs and during the opening reception
Gregory Marin will offer guided meditation for all who wish to participate.
* Bliss Point…a quantity of consumption where any further increase would make the consumer less satisfied. How much would you choose if you were so rich that money imposed no constraint?
**William S. Burroughs, The Naked Lunch