WORDS

Still Ephemeral

A viewing of recent work by Camille Schefter titled, Goodnight Irene from Rome ... part of Objects of Pleasure, curated by Mabel Moore … a one-night exhibit at Post Gallery.

By Mike Nesbit

 

“The oldest old specimens include flowers made of chiffon, organza, velvet, velveteen georgette, crepe de chine, and wide satin ribbon. Heaped in my arms are snapdragons, sweet peas, and salvia.  Hollyhocks, four-o’clocks, and forget-me-nots.  Fake and beautiful but stiff and scratch, this year the new flowers are spritzed with clear droplets of polystyrene plastic dew.” (Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk)

 

Thoughts on Still Ephemeral

Within our current context of representation, ephemerality at face-value has become quite normal.  Our tendency to consistently need something new, presents one with a growing anxiety to produce what’s next.  The contrast for such anxiousness and inability to rest, brings up the question … How do we place our self in the “constant next” and still find our self in a “slower now”?  It seems that representations ability to divert that transition for even a moment can be quite relevant.  Scale and Medium become quite critical as techniques for representing this idea of “Still Ephemeral”.  As our growing experience of representation tends to lean towards digital platforms, it ironically becomes relevant to break away from the traditional digital interface and experience the work within the context it is set.  The “fleeting” exhibit and the “decaying object” become quite compelling as mediums to experience the “Still Ephemeral”.  To even view an object once within its curated state brings with it far more opportunities for experience and interpretation.

 

Objects of Pleasure

maple street wasteland
screams from a vagrant
smells from the sewer
light sweep of trash
5 floors up
crowd chatter … arrowhead wall
green palms hovering on white
concrete floors cracked with moisture

echo of conversations … humid summer
hymn of automatic air

chill to the skin

plants
tropical and mediterranean
piercing wall
landscaping moving … synthetic breeze

monstera leaf ... large palm
olive branches
dried and not living ... heliconia

hanging amaranthus ... burgundy and green
 

 

 

 green palms hovering on white

green palms hovering on white

 piercing wall

piercing wall

 landscape moving ... synthetic breeze

landscape moving ... synthetic breeze

 monstera leaf ... large palm

monstera leaf ... large palm

 dried and not living ... heliconia

dried and not living ... heliconia

 hanging amaranthus ... burgundy and green

hanging amaranthus ... burgundy and green