How to Disappear Completely

How to Disappear Completely

Scott Waters

From September 11th to October 3rd
Opening September 11th, 2015 from 7-10pm

The instructional ennui of this exhibition’s title represents a flag-flying endeavour, an ongoing dream of “not-being.” The assembled paintings and drawings stand as an accumulated manifestation of that place where the known gives way to the void.

Eugene Thacker summed up the central dilemma attached to this way of thinking (or at least the dilemma of publicly professing it) when he wrote, “nothing is more frowned upon than nothing.” Nevertheless there exists a long-lived desire within culture to start over. From Sir Thomas More to Thom Yorke, from Girlfriend in a Coma to The Wisdom of the Desert, the utopic break is a central tenet of the western narrative. This push towards Nowhere was made clear by James Dickey when he wrote, “The river was blank and mindless with beauty. It was the most glorious thing I had ever seen.”

But disappearance is as much a contemplative paradigm as a physical act. It is a clearing away of all the clutter to see what might present itself in the void. It is the step past the last tree into the dark, or the herald of the lowly construction pylon stating that change and danger lie ahead. It is a way of stating that (or wondering if) “the world is a failure, and the face you wear is not your own.” It is what comes next, if we allow it.