In Times of Perseus

16 Mar 2018 – 22 Apr 2018

Sargent's Daughters

New York
New York, United States


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In Times of Perseus explores parallels between contemporary art practices and the myth of Perseus and Medusa.


Whether finding analogies for art making in the story line or transvaluing its familiar symbolism, the featured artists tap into a zeitgeist full of venom, petrification, dazzling illusions, and weaponized reflections.

Hair weaves through the exhibition as filaments of expressivity. The aesthetic is electrified, fetishized, or symptomatic of social poison. Where Perseus’ shield became Medusa’s self-defeating mirror, here reflections obliterate the subject while eyes glisten and avoid contact. Transmutations into stone or into spectra suggest ways to escape the body, mind, or myth. 

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Sophie Landres


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