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Solo show: FLAT OUT: Lawrence Mesich: Aphorisms (over)

12 November 2012 until 1 December 2012
  FLAT OUT: Lawrence Mesich: Aphorisms
 
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November 15 – December 1, 2012
Opening Event: Thursday, November 15, 6-8pm

This event is free and open to the public.

Aphorisms is a single-or two-channel video piece comprised of a series of short vignettes. Set in familiar work environments, each vignette examines the interactions of two identical figures. These brief exchanges describe a range of attitudes - from camaraderie to cruelty to confusion and back - while a voice recites a series of aphoristic sayings. The on-screen action and monotone narration offer a wry reflection on communal behavior and communication. The narration, repurposed from work-oriented self help books, reflects and subsequently perverts the aspiration for an idealized self, while the near-slapstick action of the figures is grounded in the messiness of everyday behavior - selfish impulses, clashing intent, and sexual innuendo. The two elements amplify each other’s absurdity, resulting in a disturbingly familiar depiction of life at work.

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