PRINT May 1988

Ceminal Art

WHAT TO DO WITH ONE'S imagination in this day and age? No matter how much we streamline our life, no matter how energetically we try to convince ourselves that consumerism and media conditioning have taken it away from us, imagination somehow persists, sometimes popping up in the most banal manner, other times in the most extraordinary ways, but always unaccountably there.

Some artists, instead of playing games to camouflage it, are directly confronting the question of how to track the imagination. Rather than surrendering to any one current of mechanistic thinking,1 they have understood that it is impossible to find truly imaginative paths by establishing preconceived boundaries on the territories in which such paths might be found. These artists are willing to explore the mind itself as the realm where existence unfolds.2 Their journeys are never concluded; their identities evolve with

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