Daniele Buetti, Kate Moss (Looking for Love Series) 1997
Howard495 is pleased to present “heather”, a group exhibition featuring work by Daniele Buetti, Robert Longo, Lisa Yuskavage, Banksy, Tim Gardner, Richard Prince, Willy Ronis, Luce Meunier, Miwa Ogasawara, Yousuf Karsh, Jonas Wood, Rene Groebli, George Tice and Caj Bremer.
Marked by an historical moment in time and a collective feeling of melancholy, “heather” provides a framework with which to explore melancholia as an aesthetic emotion. Though the works exhibited display an orchestra of form, concept and media, there is a sublime underpinning of meditative contemplation running throughout the work. This subliminal expression – not of thought but of pure emotion – is an unheralded gift. A reminder of the potential art has to invite its viewers to bear witness to their own feelings and to explore the raw edges of their conscience self. Melancholy, nuanced with sadness, suffuses the exhibition yet somehow does not elicit sadness; rather, through the work it carries us inward to a place of stillness and introspection. Attending to and contemplating what we are feeling, is where the beauty lays.
I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no melancholy.
RACHEL TOPHAM PHOTOGRAPHY