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Fears of Art

Ethan Cohen Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Fears of Art that explores the ways in which artists from around the world work through and react to the fears and worries that permeate each of our lives. The exhibition will include artists from various cultural backgrounds and ages, including Ai Weiwei, Mina Cheon, Gonçalo Mabunda, and Taha Heydari, as well as a selection of Unknown Tribal Artists. The viewer is invited to experience and reconnect with their deepest and most primal urges through imagery and objects fetishizing that which we most fear and demonstrate the changing role of fear in modern life.

Fear is typically regarded as a negative experience - it is not enjoyable to feel powerless in the face of impending danger, but in an evolutionary sense, we require fear to fuel our
development. Fear forms the basis of our societies - early humans learned that we are safer together and this philosophy continues to bond us to our neighbors as protection against the unknown. The kinship we feel towards people we recognize as similar to ourselves keeps society functioning. Conversely, fear of those perceived as ‘other’, even those within our own societies, continues to create rifts, which only further the potential for danger.

Fear both brings us together and drives us apart - ultimately, our individual fear of death is what defines our lives. How we come to cope with the knowledge that our time is fleeting and what we do with the time we have is the conclusive measure of living. As essayist Jorge Luis Borges said in his 1949 short story The Immortal, “Death…makes men precious…every act they execute may be their last…Everything among the mortals has the value of the irretrievable and the perilous”.

As a recording of our collective mind and emotional state, art unveils unexpected sides of fear and proves its diversified role. From the tribal masks that sought to repel spirits by visualizing fear as a way to counteract it, to political messages in the work of Gonçalo Mabunda, who uses discarded weapons to make a statement of beauty instead of one of destruction. From Tony Shore’s painting Fucked Up referring to the ongoing racist social crisis in America to Wang Keping’s contemporary ink painting of a gàn bù, a government official in China, who is deaf, blind and mute - painted as a head with no eye sockets, no mouth, no ears and no nostrils, commenting on enforced political silence. The group exhibition Fears of Art is a collective artistic endeavor to outline and comprehend the various fears of the modern through knowledge, humor, criticism, myth, and utopian dream.

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Artist

Various Artists

Date

Mar 07 - May 17, 2019

Contact

ecfa@ecfa.com >

Photos

Installation view of Fears of Art

Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

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Installation view of Fears of Art

Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

Artworks

Aboudia > <

Gray Observation

Ai Weiwei > <

Study of Perspective – Berne

Bad Boys

Bad Boys

Avelino Sala > <

50

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Cocktail Molotov, The Last Anarchists of Carrara

Chi Ming > <

Turn Left

DeShawn Dumas > <

Black Boy Fly

Western Daisies Manifest Destiny

Gonçalo Mabunda > <

Mind over Metal

Untitled Mask

Untitled Mask

Untitled Mask

Huang Yan > <

Landscape Skull

Isaac Aden > <

Kurtz N’ Kondi

A Dream Deflated (after Langston Hughes)

Jeffrey Hargrave > <

New Generals

Lan Zhenghui > <

G05

Melora Griffis > <

Brides in Peril

Mina Cheon > <

Global Peace Shoes

Hello Brave New World

Hello Brave New World

Mass Games: Flagging Unification

Moffat Takadiwa > <

Africa No Limits

Pan Xing Lei > <

Imitate Mao

Soly Cissé > <

Untitled

Untitled

Sui Jianguo > <

Mao’s Jacket

Taha Heydari > <

On Stage

Doom II

The Blue Noses > <

The Candle of Our Life

Tony Shore > <

Fucked-up

Tracy Adkins Park

Wang Keping > <

Ganbu (Official)

Aboudia > <

Gray Observation

Ai Weiwei > <

Study of Perspective – Berne

Bad Boys

Bad Boys

Avelino Sala > <

50

10

5

Cocktail Molotov, The Last Anarchists of Carrara

Chi Ming > <

Turn Left

DeShawn Dumas > <

Black Boy Fly

Western Daisies Manifest Destiny

Gonçalo Mabunda > <

Mind over Metal

Untitled Mask

Untitled Mask

Untitled Mask

Huang Yan > <

Landscape Skull

Isaac Aden > <

Kurtz N’ Kondi

A Dream Deflated (after Langston Hughes)

Jeffrey Hargrave > <

New Generals

Lan Zhenghui > <

G05

Melora Griffis > <

Brides in Peril

Mina Cheon > <

Global Peace Shoes

Hello Brave New World

Hello Brave New World

Mass Games: Flagging Unification

Moffat Takadiwa > <

Africa No Limits

Pan Xing Lei > <

Imitate Mao

Soly Cissé > <

Untitled

Untitled

Sui Jianguo > <

Mao’s Jacket

Taha Heydari > <

On Stage

Doom II

The Blue Noses > <

The Candle of Our Life

Tony Shore > <

Fucked-up

Tracy Adkins Park

Wang Keping > <

Ganbu (Official)

Artists

Aboudia

Abidjan

Ai Weiwei

Beijing

Chi Ming

Yantai

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