Curated by Carpos Collective
Opens March 13 for the month in the Window Box Gallery, Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto. Wed-Sat 1-6 pm.
‘Talent’ as an idea has fallen from its pedestal in recent years, I think for good reason. When we praise talent, we often abstract the hundreds of hours of discipline that it took to learn how to create well, making the talented one an other in our eyes—something beyond our reach, at once prized and privileged. In my experience, this view of talent leads only to apathy and jealousy. The humility of discipline tempers both of these, and breaks the distance between apathy and excellence into discrete units of hard work, measured in days and hours, sweat and tears.
However, just as I don’t believe in talent as a miracle cure, I don’t believe in discipline as internal combustion. Both of them come from somewhere; there is something that plants a seed and something that encourages us to water it.
As its name suggests, this piece is concerned primarily with talent, but at its heart, it’s just as much about redemption. The crops will fail. The glass will break. The pen will run dry. In spite of it all, he who started a good work will bring it to its completion. Art is the privilege of helping to pick up the pieces.