“The Founder’s Paradox” was Simon Denny’s first solo exhibition in his native New Zealand since 2014. For this ambitious project, the artist commandeered the entire gallery space for a complex of interrelated floor- and wall-based works that riff on classic board games to address a new chapter in his ongoing dissection of the intertwining of technology, neoliberal ideology, and capitalism, and of its consequences for the individual and the nation-state. The exhibition took New Zealand as a test case for a mythic struggle between libertarian and social-democratic values and, in the show’s most reflexive moment, for a self-analysis in which Denny acknowledges his connection to a local artistic lineage and hints at the dilemma of his own entanglement in the systems he anatomizes. “The Founder’s Paradox” spoke of origins and destiny with an unexpectedly personal caveat about artistic
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