Codify Art in collaboration with Underdonk is thrilled to present THRESHELD, a group exhibition of works by Janaye Brown, Orlando Estrada, Jes Fan, Ilana Harris-Babou, Inhye Lee, Pastiche Lumumba, and Adrienne Elise Tarver. THRESHELD explores the intimacy of routine, home as a constructed space, and ritual as a sanctified mundane. Please join us for an opening reception Friday, August 11, from 7–9PM. The exhibition will continue through September 10, 2017.
The Morning Routine is a standard opener across modern storytelling mediums because of its effectiveness as an introductory moment; its universality acts as a bridge between character and audience while simultaneously establishing individuality through the specificity of its components.
By contrast, the minutiae of the average person’s routines are rarely offered up for scrutiny, conducted as they are inside personal spaces and known only to the most intimate circles. It is a safe assumption—but an assumption nonetheless—that what is quotidian to the individual would be quotidian to the rest. What happens when one finds that their own routine can only be extrapolated so far?
From within the field of ritual studies, Evangelos Kyriakidis offers a definition of ritual as an outsider’s—or “etic”—identification for a set of actions that, to the outsider, seem illogical. An insider (“emic”) can also use the term to acknowledge that an activity may appear nonsensical to an uninitiated viewer. To return to the question then, does a uniquely personal routine cross that ambiguous line into ritual?
THRESHELD employs the vocabulary of home goods and small moments to map the shifting delineation of our circles and our thresholds, how objects are imbued with significance by the body, and the privileging of private actions as they pass into the public eye.