Joshua Aster, Benjamin Britton, Mara De Luca, Spencer Lewis, Susanna Maing, Anne McCaddon, Allison Miller, Bill Saylor, Tyler Vlahovich
Arena 1 Gallery is pleased to present Immanent Domain, a group exhibition curated by Allen Tombello that gathers the work of eight painters in an examination of the slippery slope between the post‐Stella status of painting as object and the stubborn continuity of painting as it plays across the proscenium of the canvas through non‐symbolic, non figurative performance.
The exhibition is inspired by Andrew Ballantyne‘s essay on the writing of Deleuze and Guattari in which immanence and transcendence are discussed in terms of a bounded field whipped by wind. A brief twister moves across the field, rippling the grass and voiding the trees of leaves, then dissipating. From the immanent perspective, the change that occurred in the constitution of the field comes from within the bounded field; from the transcendent perspective, the change arrives from without.
In terms of painting, then, an immanent perspective deals with the painting as an object, as a thing in itself and a space from which can be wrested form and change; it creates of the canvas a stage on which an artist performs or is at least aware of his or herself as both performer and audience. This immanent act can be accomplished without the necessity of a turn towards figuration which is often a cipher for commodity and without imbuing meaning from beyond the bounded field.