Exhibition Review "Difference and Repetition" Curated by Efren Quiroz Slide Room Gallery Victoria, BC
This show was inspired
by a French philosopher who wrote a book titled "Difference and
Repetition." Gilles Deleuze theorized that the notion of difference and
repetition reflected that when something old is repeated, it transforms
into something completely new.
Efren Quiroz invited a group of thirty
artists to provide individual interpretations of one abstract painting
by Gerhard Richter: 1985 60 cm x 60 cm Catalogue Raisonné: 587-5, oil on
Oil on canvas regurgitation is the theme. The show is a
collection of individual interpretations of one abstract painting.
Efren's attempt to experiment with Deleuze's theory of repetition and
difference resulted in a giddy mixture of fervent intellectualism with a
colliding group of controlled taxonomy of virtual remakes. About half
of the works were little more than repetitive reworkings of the original
with various tweaks of color and/or texture adjustments. In contrast,
there were artists who were inspired to provide more than mere remakes
of the original. The few who stepped outside of the practice of copying,
provided pieces that drew the eye and the mind, and were informed by
experience and thought. This is where the art of this exhibition
When it comes to difference coming from repetition in relation
to this body of work, Deleuze's notion is apparently only half true.
The final result is largely a controlled recording, a repetitive account
that classifies one image by several people. Many of the works were
under-inspired copies of the original. These works were not different.
It was the advanced efforts by artists of original thought who confirmed
the ideas put forth by Deleuze.
Efren Quiroz is an enthusiastic art
show viewer and videographer of exhibitions in Victoria, BC. This was
his first attempt to curate an exhibition.