Three Critiques, 2016
Colored glass, digital print
50-7/8 x 30-3/4 inches
'Three Critiques' elaborates on—and proposes alternatives to—three critiques foundational to postmodernism: first, the critique of universalism, which productively led to multiculturalism but more recently devolved into global capitalism; second, the critique of history, which initially led to institutional critique—liberating, enlightened, provocative—but which in turn softened into mere pluralism; and finally, the critique of genius, which was informed by Barthes’ and Foucault’s notions of the death of the author but which also inadvertently heralded the birth of the consumer. Instead of perpetuating such critiques in their watered-down forms, 'Three Critiques' proposes three new rubrics for future art: re-institutionalization, pragmatism, and responsible subject.
This piece was made for the exhibition 'Making Progress' curated by Kevin Curran and Liz Atzberger at Project: ARTspace