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ragweed is a project space experimenting with poetic inquiry; rehearsing the strengths of poetry as a medium of care and resistance and positioning the poetic as the frontier for emancipatory politics.


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A.J. MEDLAND, SARAI STEPHENS: REALLY REALLY REAL

PRESS RELEASE

The question still gets asked ‘what is art?’ But the subtext of that question seems to be, ‘is it real?’ Is art capable of being a medium of truth? Well, if art cannot be a medium of truth then art would only be a matter of taste, and if art was only a matter of taste, then the art spectator becomes more important than the art producer. Imagine the implications of this. Imagine an individual that cannot experience the possibilities of her own actions, the pleasure, or the limitations of them. The aesthetic relies entirely on the assumption that the individual is capable of responsibility, for producing this work, by undertaking that artistic action. Otherwise, if art is not a medium of truth, we are only made real by a Panopticon with no one sitting at the well. Art is a medium of truth when it is personal responsibility. 
‘What is art?’ Art is Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics. Or in the words of my favourite poet, “art is a fistfight in the orchestra pit.” ‘What is art?’ Art is writing before you learn how to read. Because before thought, it must have been poetry.

Press:
TZVETNIK

Nov 08 — Dec 09 2019
Sarai Stephens, "The Swamp," 2019, 54”x 84”, oil on canvas.