Interior Infinite @ The Polygon
‘Romanticism made its own important discovery – that of the interior subjective man with its depth, complexity, and inexhaustible resources.’
These words come courtesy of Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975), Russian philospher and scholar, as he analyzed the then controversial writings of French Rennaissance author, François Rabelais.
Bakhtin continues: ‘This interior infinite of the individual was unknown to the medieval and the Renaissance grotesque…The interior infinite could not have been found in the closed and finished world, with its distinct fixed boundaries dividing all phenomena and values. Suffice it to compare the rationalised and exhaustive analysis of interior experience by classicism and the images of inner life offered by Sterne and the Romanticists.’
It is Bakhtin’s words that inspired a new show scheduled to run at The Polygon from June 25th to September 5th: ‘Interior Infinite’. It’s a show that features a serious roster of talented, internationally renowned artists: Lacie Burning, Nick Cave, Dana Claxton, Martine Gutierrez, Kris Lemsalu, Meryl McMaster, Zanele Muholi, Aïda Muluneh, Zak Ové, Skeena Reece, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Sin Wai Kin, Carrie Mae Weems, Zadie Xa.
In ‘Interior Infinite’, we see portraits presented through photography, sculpture, performance, and video. This is the first feature exhibition curated by The Polygon’s Assistant Curator Justin Ramsey. Following Mikhail Bakhtin’s lead, the ‘show explores carnivalesque expression as an act of resistance against the status quo.’
A first peek …
Dana Claxton. Hand Tooled (For Ellen), 2020-2021,
C-print, 60” x 48”. Courtesy of the artist
Nick Cave. Blot, 2012, HD video, sound, 00:42:57.
© Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Yinka Shonibare CBE, video still from Un Ballo In Maschera, 2004
HD digital video, colour, sound, 32 min. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York.
Header: Meryl McMaster, Dream Catcher, 2015, 32” x 63”.
Courtesy of the artist; Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto; and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montréal.