“Destiny takes pleasure in repetitions, variations, symmetries” - Jorge Luis Borges
This collection of work by seventeen artists, showing diverse and unique methods and interests, is waiting for an infinite tapestry of connections to be woven across it. Beneath the surface, however, I would ask (contentiously) if an art work can have any subject equal to the basic fact that it has been made? I have brought this work together mainly as an account of what I consider to be a definitive characteristic of the making process – impossibility. The writer Paul Valéry is often paraphrased as having said that a poem is never finished; only abandoned.
“A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.”
The title of this show is borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges. The Garden of Forking Paths is a beguiling story about an impossible book that is also a labyrinth. Borges was famous for condensing complex, paradoxical ideas into incredibly short fiction, much of it expressing his attraction and/or frustration with the “muse of impossibility”.
“Stupidity is the desire to conclude” – Gustave Flaubert.