ASSEMBLY

ASSEMBLY

In this exhibition, art-making is observed and compared with how the modern world looks at an
assembly line. With artists coming from different backgrounds and practices, what ties them all together is
an understanding of how things are constructed, usually by hand. In Gestalt laws of grouping, it has been
observed that humans carry a natural ability to perceive objects and patterns based on certain rules.
Here, ideas that range from construction, deconstruction, fragmentation, and sequencing are manifested
in visual forms. The process of assembling and arranging objects is as important as the images; to
simplify art-making as a way of producing objects is to reduce and discount the human capacity to critical
perception. Hence, “Assembly” proceeds to present the artist’s bodily relationship with the material at
hand.

However, the absence of capitalism when we speak of assembly lines, is unacceptable. In this
exhibition, the artists welcome ideas and criticism of mass production. The works in this exhibition take
the responsibility of presenting differing perspectives in critiques when we think of capitalist modes of
production. Perhaps, what we lose and what we miss, in a supply chain and in assembly lines, are the
things that make us human—the exact same things that have become a nuisance to a world obsessed
with efficiency and gains. And so, art remains to be one of those things where every part and every
fragment is still looked and scrutinized. What we assemble and who assembles them has become
weapons of how we would like to arrange and dis-arrange this world.

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