The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality
December 14, 2008 - February 7, 2009
Opening Sunday, December 14, 3-9 PM
Exit Art will be open to the public during work in progress of the Labyrinth beginning Tuesday, December 9, 2008.
In The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality, 50 artists will respond to the turbulent times in which we live, the complex — and often confusing —financial, military, and cultural crises in America. Exit Art will be reconfigured into a labyrinth constructed of fifty 8’ x 8’ panels, each a response by an artist to the metaphor of the labyrinth. Each panel offers instructions on how to escape the issues we are confronted with. The labyrinth serves as a metaphor for the vexing, tangled problems that America, under a hopeful new presidential administration, must now navigate.
In Greek mythology, the labyrinth was an elaborate structure designed by Daedalus to hold the Minotaur for King Minos of Crete. The labyrinth was so serpentine and difficult to navigate that Daedalus himself could barely find his way out. Today, America seems to have found itself at the center of a metaphorical labyrinth. We’ve become so deeply trapped in an economic and political maze that our situation seems impossible to escape. The wall is also a representation of a political barrier, used for either fortification or segregation such as the Berlin Wall or Great Wall of China, or as a form of communication, such as the activities of Chinese Democracy activists in the late 70s on what became known as the ‘Democracy Wall.’
For more info about the show: http://www.exitart.org/site/pub/main/index.html