Curator: Sandra Valabregue
When an important event is about to occur, when dramatic changes are about to transpire, men and women seek allies and look for signs. These signs can take the form of angels, talisman or modern icons. Even the rituals of everyday life can become a talisman, because of their repetition or the mindful attention that they require. Sometimes even natural motifs and objects can be seen as encrypted with special meaning, one may call it symbolic, hieroglyphic or talismanic. Sometimes theses signs are meant to guide and protect, sometimes they are only meant to give hope and conjure dreams.
The works chosen for this exhibition question the representation of natural or supernatural signs and their encounters. Each artist in her work manipulates signs, sounds and images, acts out the signs, paints them or duplicates them. In post-post-modern times, visual art and language have been repossessed by the question of representation. Skyline Artefacts is a glimpse into the art of mediation, to play on Marshal McLuhan's famous epigram "the media is the message": here - 'the sign is the message'- from media to mediation. In this exhibition we try to examine how signs both represent and stand apart from their sender and receiver. In the very act of mediating the sign-mediator becomes the message itself.
Venue: Hebrew Union College