Bataille and Spider: An exhibition of selected work by Philippe Pirrip

February 2, 2013 – February 23, 2013

Opening Reception: First Saturday Art Crawl: February 2, 2013; 6-9pm

Blend Gallery will be hosting selected work by Philippe Pirrip during the month of February. The artist will be available on the opening night of the First Saturday Art Crawl. He will follow up the exhibition with a talk on February 23, at 1 P.M. to 2 P.M.

Bataille and Spider

“A dictionary begins when it no longer gives the meaning of words, but their tasks. Thus “formless” is not only an adjective having a given meaning, but a term that serves to bring things down in the world, generally requiring that each thing have its form. What it designates has no rights in any sense and gets itself squashed everywhere, like a spider or an earthworm. In fact, for academic men to be happy, the universe would have taken shape. All of philosophy has no other goal: it is a matter of giving a frock coat to what is, a mathematical frock coat. On the other hand, affirming that the universe resembles nothing and is only formless amounts to saying that the universe is something like a spider or spit.” – Georges Bataille, Visions of Excess
philippeArtist Statement

0. My process is often initiated by visible appearances of ideas.
0.0. The ideas here are mostly composed of numbers and figures, some that are recognizable, some enigmatic.
0.0.1. When numbers give form to letters, the letters make up words and texts that can point to some form of meaning. Then, through the mingling of words and texts, figures emerge and give a visible body—an event.
1. My recent work deals with the process of cleavage.
1.0. As Sigmund Freud explains and Mark C. Taylor quotes, “when blindness becomes uncanny, the absence of sight yields insight into the visible world,”
1.0.0. the kind of integral separation between sight and light, in metaphorical sense, is what I am most interested in and involved with.
1.0.1. The path that this process entails, which some might call a schizophrenic tendency, is another hurdle that I get to study.
2. I am eager to continue seeing, looking, searching.
2.0. When my objective is limitive in the absence of an object, what I find is then limitless to my blindness.
2.0.2. Hence, I can feel it; I can then see it.


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