Anagnorisis Exhibitions

Please note that Samantha Levin does not work as an artist’s agent or representative.
Samantha Levin Fine Art is not accepting submissions at this time.

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“It is a common usage to call ‘monster’ an unfamiliar concord of dissonant elements: the centaur, the chimera are thus defined for those without understanding.  I call ‘monster’ all original inexhaustible beauty”  Alfred Jarry, Les Monstres

Anagnorisis Exhibitions, the curatorial branch of SLFA, endeavors to explore that curious, indefinable void that is created by the grotesque in visual art. By curating and producing group and solo art exhibitions, Anagnorisis introduces the grotesque to new people, and helps those who are familiar with it dig deeper.

 

Much of the artwork you’ll find on this website is dark and some of it disgusts, but those things alone are not what makes it grotesque.  The grotesque describes a dissonant threshold that lies between what’s understood and what’s senseless. It is unresolvable and arresting.  SLFA believes the cognitive dissonance that results from viewing such artwork is a large part of what makes it so important.  Art opens the mind to allow for new ideas.

The term anagnorisis (pronounced an-ag-nor-sis) refers to the moment when the hero of a Greek tragedy discovers the truth of his or her situation. Overall it means, “from ignorance to knowledge”. This term aptly describes the ineffable reaction so many have from viewing a work of art that utilizes the grotesque to play with our perception – a visual anagnorisis, if you will.  If you want to know more about the term itself, check out its wikipedia article.

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“When we use the word “grotesque” we record, among other things, the sense that though our attention has been arrested, our understanding is unsatisfied.  Grotesqueries both require and defeat definition: they are neither so regular and rhythmical that they settle easily into our categories, nor so unprecedented that we do not recognize them at all.”  Geoffrey Galt Harpham, On the Grotesque