Mike Calway-Fagen: Third Meaning

February 7 - 28, 2015
Opening reception Saturday February 7, 6-9 PM

This is this and that is that, right? Right?
Maybe it’s not.
Cause and effect lead one along from left to right and into the next day and toward what, death and other things? While there’s time, and plenty of it, to sit in places and consider- now that survival has presumably been dealt with, for some of us.

Third Meaning leaves without reason. The nodes of reference are far enough apart to necessitate jumping, or squinting if you prefer. There are thresholds- some physical, some unseen, all meant to be entered and lived in. It is temporary. It is provisional. It is in flux, this state of almost, this middle; a perpetual becoming.

Roland Barthes’ defiance of interpretation is captured in his Third Meaning. It is obtuse- “the play of meaning escapes language and opens up to infinity”. I am gesturing in that direction, exercising a limitless ambivalence; more thoroughly described as conceptual humility. Really, I’m not sure about these works, what they mean in their totality, if anything recognizable. There is the Uncanny, but
then there’s the unfamiliar that stays unfamiliar and recognizes you attempting to recognize it. It won’t let you, no matter how hard you try. But your trying means something, I think.

It is the Other exercising guerrilla tactics- a sneak attack.

Third Meaning includes photographs, collage, and sculpture done elsewhere, by other people, by mike, some intentional, others not.

Mike Calway-Fagen is based in Bloomington, Indiana where he is Visiting Professor at Indiana University. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and an MFA from the University of California in San Diego. Mike has upcoming shows at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, Dimensions Variable in Miami, and has participated in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, LAXArt in Los Angeles, and NurtureArt in Brooklyn. Mike has attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Fine Arts Work Center, and Sculpture Space in Utica, NY. His upcoming curatorial projects, State Park and Sounds Like, open in San Diego and Indianapolis later this year.