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Going Around

Lynn Carone builds a nest where questions which, prior to being contrasting, are complementary, such as internal and external, objectivity and subjectivity, matter and being. The load we project onto a relationship, for example, takes on the oneiric context not just in pictures, but especially in the video Going Around. In it, the water that is the stage for death in Ophelia’s myth becomes the celebration of life.

Much of what see or hear corresponds to established patterns in our intellectual and cognitive repertoire. Hence the analogy with the myth. Roland Barthes said (in Mythologies) that a myth means an illusion to be exposed, but that it has second-order meanings that are assigned by social consensus. Seeking to deconstruct a myth, or seeing it in another, non-conventional way, can be more elucidating. It is to exert thinking about possibilities.

We associate the myth of Narcissus with exaggerate vanity, with someone who only thinks about themselves. Let us think another way: narcissists are they who project themselves onto something which profoundly attracts them; and who do not do it because or vanity or superb, since they do not understand what attracts them, therefore projecting themselves, diving into what is being seen.

Likewise for artists. Their works are the lake where Narcissus sees himself reflected on, where he is projected, without knowing clearly what it is all about. They have to dive inside what they create to recognize themselves. In this they also differ from commonsense Narcissus: they are not selfish, `narcissistic`; their act of surrendering is because they know, or desire, that others can also recognize themselves in what they see, so long as they are willing to dive.

Question what you see, question what you hear.

Marcelo Salles

Curator of The Contemporary House , and independent critic