Mark Shorter "The Groker" Opening Saturday January 24, 2015 6-8pm[ View press release here ]
An opaque "skylight" illuminates the white tiled vault revealing the shadows of passersby. The effect is analogous to the scenario in Plato's, The Allegory of the Cave.
Invited artists will create an installation and a limited edition artwork for the vault space taking off from the many ideas represented in The Allegory of the Cave. In this context—as Plato himself—the artist is a lover and seeker of truth.
In keeping with the Eidia House moniker, ''a meeting place for ideas'' and ''idée force'' (the arts as an instrument for positive social change) a dinner and round-table will be held for the artists and invited guests during the duration of the one-month exhibition.
Is our world like that of the inhabitants of Plato's Cave—in fear of the real truth that lies beyond the shadow of the façade? The Eidia House Plato’s Cave posits that the "shadows" are not the reality, and that reality continues to elude us.
Where as, to quote the philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek, ''Say, are the puppeteers who deal with the shapes political manipulators, so that Plato also proposes an implicit theory of ideological manipulation, or are we, cavemen, directly deluding ourselves? However, there is a deeper problem here, which could be best put in Hegel's terms. One can, of course, start with the naïve notion of people perceiving true reality from a limited/distorted perspective and thus constructing in our imagination false idols which we mistake for the real thing; the problem with this naïve notion is that it reserves for us the external position of a neutral observer who can, from his safe place, compare true reality with its distorted mis(perception). What gets lost here is that we all ARE these people in the case-so how can we, immersed into the cave's spectacle, as it were step onto our own shoulder and gain insight into true reality?'' J E P - Number 18 - 2004 / 1 ''Burned by the Thing'' Slavoj Zizek http://www.psychomedia.it/jep/number18/zizek.htm
The limited editions will be co-produced by the artists and Eidia. The artist group Eidia (pronounced idea) is the collaboration of Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf.
For more information contact Melissa P. Wolf at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Groker", still photograph from performance, Plato's Cave
"The Dead Sea" installation view at Plato's Cave, December 20, 2014 – January 18, 2015
One and Three Americas (2014) installation at Plato's Cave, October 3 – 31, 2014
Ellen K. Levy
"Colonizing Plato's Cave: Remembering the Future", installation at Plato's Cave, December 7 to December 28, 2013
"DADA BUSTER" installation at Plato's Cave, September 28 - October 19, 2013
"SMOKE 'EM OUT - First National Grand Biennial Cookout Fair" Installation at Plato's Cave, July 6 to July 27, 2013
EIDIA / John Cage
"FOOD SEX ART the Starving Artists' Cookbook" installation at Plato's Cave, December 13 to December 15, 2012
"ACTUALITY and LAUGHTER" installation at Plato's Cave, October 27 to November 24, 2012
Bank Vault (Bureau of Self-Recognition) installation at Plato's Cave, September 7 to September 29, 2012
"I.C.A.N. Occupy's EIDIA" installation at Plato's Cave, April 13 to May 12, 2012
EIDIA @ I.C.A.N. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown
"EIDIA Occupy's I.C.A.N." installation at I.C.A.N. Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Australia, March 23 to April 8, 2012
Collateral Torture 24 hour live performance and installation at Plato's Cave, January 20 to February 18, 2012
Jim Costanzo & the Aaron Burr Society installation and detail views at Plato's Cave November 5 to November 26, 2011 (extended to December 3, 2011)
"Manifest Destiny?" installation at Plato's Cave, September 10 to October 8, 2011
"Box Engraving: Eidia House Studio" performance and installation in EIDIA House Studio, January 15 to February 18, 2011
"buy a revolution" installation at Plato's Cave December 4, 2010 to January 8, 2011
"Mole Light: God is truth and light his shadow" installation at Plato's Cave, October 2 to October 29, 2010
"bp" Plato's Cave project, Summer 2010
"Protect, Preserve, Perpetuate" installation at Plato's Cave, June 9 to July 9, 2010
"Hot Water Bags" live performperformance and installation at Plato's Cave, April 9, 2010 to May 6, 2010
"i" installation at Plato's Cave March 6 to April 2, 2010
"what I remember most is this" installation at Plato's Cave, December 4, 2009 to January 16, 2010
"Sympathique? Antipathique?" installation at Plato's Cave October 24 to November 15, 2009