In Spite Of

A Two-Part Exhibition of Unconscious Faith and Everyday Beliefs

“People believe (…)  It’s what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.” NEIL GAIMAN :: American Gods

In the day to day there are small and large moments of faith. There are the grand martyr leaps and the quiet finger-crossed rituals. Personal myth, folklore, superstition and religion gets distilled down to these everyday beliefs, faith of the seemly unconscious. That faith is unquestioned until it changes: the car doesn’t start, you lose your breath. But until that moment arrives, what we believe is our means of defining the world and as Neil Gaiman writes “populating the darkness”.

In Spite Of is an exploration of those inadvertent routines of belief. From the stubborn faith in the artmaking process to the unraveling of plans so quietly made, the work goes beyond simply what a person believes. It moves truth around. Like an atom, faith becomes the primary stepping stone for every instance of truth or meaning. It’s the lens we view our lives through. In a species that strives so hard to find connections, the underlying thread may just be a Mulder cry of “I want to believe”.

Documentation by Danny Kern and Alisha Funkhouser.

CATALOGUE   |   PERFORMANCE   |   LECTURE

September 2013 | HOLLAND PROJECT GALLERY Reno NV + SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE Incline Village NV