December 3, 2015 – January 16, 2016
CABLE GRIFFITH – Sightings
Thursday, December 3rd, 6-8pm
Thursday, January 7th, 6-8pm
Saturday, December 12th at 1pm
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Artist Statement – Cable Griffith, Sightings, 2015
“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt” ― Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
In the summer of 1983, a friend and I witnessed a blue cube slowly rolling through the air, above the treetops, across my family’s yard. To this day, I still have no idea what we saw. Rational explanations could suggest a variety of possibilities, but I’ve preferred to leave space in my mind for this event to be unknown and unanswered. Mystery is a fragile territory, whose borders are constantly permeated by fact-seekers and the belief in a singular truth. Within the boundary of mystery, multiple truths exist comfortably together, claiming a space where anything is possible.
Sightings is a body of work inspired by reports of unexplained phenomenon. I’ve always been fascinated in these stories and the cultural curiosity surrounding them. I’m less interested in seeking evidence from these reports and more interested in the space that they hold in popular culture. Countless websites archive ongoing reports of sightings all over the world, sometimes accompanied by drawings, photos, video, and narratives from individuals who claim to have seen something remarkable. I’ve referenced aspects of some of these reports throughout this work.
This work takes its inspiration from a combination of sources, including reports, Romantic landscape paintings, and digital collages of my own photographs from multiple hikes and camping trips. The resulting work is a mixture of truths and fictions. Romantic landscape painters like Albert Bierstadt depicted a vast and untamable world, suggesting the insignificance of man in the face of overwhelming natural forces. Today, most of that landscape has been conquered and covered by a civilization whose aspirations now aim beyond the terrestrial. In a world where anything seems possible, perhaps we give the most pause to things that don’t.