The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

October 22, 2017 | Curatorial

Candida AlvarezJorge Méndez BlakeRobert BurnierJulietta CheungAssaf EvronRoberto HarrisonDominika JackuliakováBetsy OdomStephen LapthisophonNazafarin LotfiHeather MekkelsonMatt MorrisMichael MilanoBailey RomaineJosh Rios + Anthony RomeroEllen RothenbergSelina TreppAnne Wilson, and Fo Wilson.

at the Chicago Artist Coalition, 217 N Carpenter St., Chicago, IL 60607
Euclidean Geometry is based on the precept that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. An elegant and comprehensive geometry unfolds with that supposition in mind, a geometry whose logic yields other shapes and relationships, surfacing by way of conclusion in material architectures, cities, and regulatory bureaucracies that society navigates daily as a matter of course. Implicit in this inherited approach, however, is the premise that space itself is stable, flat, and consistent. What if we propose that space itself is curved? For a plane crossing from one part of the world to another, for instance, the arc is its most direct route. If space bends, an entirely other logic presents itself, realizing an alternate field of potential. “The Shortest Distance Between Two Points” explores the relationship between logic, geometry, and the social actions that unfold, react, or resist therein.

Picard discussed why she is excited about this year’s special exhibition with CAC. Read the interview HERE.