Imbalance of Duality: A Journey to Understand the Other Side

Olamide Oladipo
Oct 19, 2014 10:01AM

The duality of things fascinates me. At one time, we are confident and we are weak. In one instance, we are lost and we are found. Yet, the two sides of things are not at all always equal or the same. The imbalance within this duality is the subject of my exhibition proposal for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Emerging Curator Competition.

I've selected seven pieces that reflect this imbalanced duality and was inspired by the work of Robert Rauschenberg, in particular his piece, Quiet House—Black Mountain, 1949. As simple as those chairs sit side by side, they are fraught with an energy of imbalance; a stream of light chooses one over the other, but paired together is the only way we recognize the imbalance. 

I do not presume to have all of the answers for the imbalances we face or why at various times, one side appears more dominant than the other, but it is a part of our existence and something I hope this collection of pieces reflects. Thank you for your consideration. 

Olamide Oladipo
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