At Lisa Cooley

July 9 – August 22, 2009

On the Pleasure of Hating: Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; hatred alone is immortal, curated by David Hunt

Soylent green bust.

Soylent Green Bust (2009).

From the press release:

“The exhibition, “On the Pleasure of Hating,” takes as its conceptual and thematic launching point William Hazlitt’s 1823 essay of the same name. Originally published in The Plain Speaker, a journal that did much to cement Hazlitt’s reputation as both innovator and primary exponent of the “familiar” or “personal” essay, I was instantly attracted to the English critic’s tone of wise equanimity, the general mood of resignation writ large in every one of his paragraphs. Hatred, after all, needs no introduction; its mere incantation perfectly approximates its heated emotional tenor. But miraculously, a man for whom every relationship – wife, daughter, mistress, friends, colleagues – succumbed to the kind of emotional entropy Hazlitt describes so well in his essay, seemed to write with a calm, retrospective clarity absent any lingering resentment.”

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