Guest contributor Dion Kliner / All history is redacted history (Papers I, image posted above), which is to say that all history is manufactured history (Classified). This is as true of objects as it is for events. Some things survive, others don't; at least as far as our knowledge of them is concerned. In "Aforementioned," Etienne Zack's recent solo show at Equinox in Vancouver, the artist suggests that what enters the story is sometimes a matter not of quality or value, but merely what has the good fortune to survive. Time is the adversary over which those who write history are victors.
Etienne Zack, Classified, 2013.
|Etienne Zack, Regiments, 2013.|
|Etienne Zack, installation view, Equinox Gallery.|
If history can be generative and a window, it can also be a gate or screen, even if beautifully filigreed, and in that sense can stunt growth. Composed of different types of figurative sculptures (Greek-ish, Aftrican-ish, Paleolithic-ish) assembled into such a barricade, Calibration suggests this darker view. History offers no passage to the other side (the future), and what we can see of it through the small gaps between the figures is blank.
Etienne Zack, Calibration, 2013.
|Etienne Zack Circa, 2013.|
"Etienne Zack: Aforementioned," Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Through December 21, 2013.
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