Zoon in a Zoot-Suit focuses on one of the most important modern philosophic works, "Ethica, ordine geometrico demonstranta" by the Dutch philosopher Benedict de Spinoza (1632–1677). Within this project, the work by Spinoza is made topical again and visualised by assistance of philosophers Ainārs Kamoliņš and Aaron Schuster and artists Aditya Mandayam and Oļa Vasiļjeva.
Zoon in a Zoot-Suit is a plate of various objects proposed to deal very much with one's own perception. The movement from the male gaze and the phallic gesture, sweetmeats, smells, and moving images leaves us alone, facing various shades of yellow: a blanket, curcuma-dyed, brass, piss, velour furoshiki, pickled radish and rock sugar, agar-agar, jackfruit, yellow paper and chalk, euros, paper from old books, deep fried canvas, raw linen in chickpea batter, deep-fried in mustard oil..
It has become a sort of unifying principle for the "Zoon" – a zoological individual: the color of old books, the color of Lucifer, the color of piss and phosphorus, the color of the coward. "Lucifer" literally means "the bringer of light"; for an artist born on a Sunday and named after it ("Aditya" in Sanskrit means "The Sun"), the connotations of the devil feels like embedded like in a certain cohesive framework.
All in all Zoon in a Zoot-Suit reflects concepts of Truth, God, The Natural World, Law, Virtue, Freedom, Reason, Happiness, and Sadness. It's curious and critical outlook resonates with certain speechlessness when it faces Spinoza's uniting metaphysics and rational thinking. There evolves a definite tension in our current reasoning, which leads us rather to another belief – that meta-things hide exactly where irrational thought takes place.
Exhibition open till 16/03/2014
Venue: kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Adress: Maskavas iela 12/1, Rīga