The Desert of the Real Itself - MacArthur B Arthur Gallery

The Desert of the Real Itself

Curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo

October 5 – October 28

Opening reception October 5, 2012 7-9pm


Macarthur B Arthur is pleased to present The Desert of the Real Itself, featuring the work of Christine M. Peterson, Paolo Salvagione, Adam Thorman, and Adam Waldran-Blain. Curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo.

The Desert of the Real Itself, is an exhibition of artworks that teeter between the act of feigning and the simulacrum. Jean Baudrillard's questions of territory are explored throughout the exhibition. In his essay Precession of Simulacrum, Baudrillard discusses the entropy of space in relation to Cartesian theory, “Abstraction today is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor survives it.” The works in the exhibition present systems, highlight boundaries, and arrive at humorous conclusions of where the edge is met.  

The border occupies and is occupied by something other than the organizational structure it is exists to serve. It is occupied by, “the magic of the concept and the charm of the real.”

MacArthur B Arthur is a project space in Oakland devoted to showing visual, sound and performance art by emerging Bay Area artists. Our goal is to provide North Oakland a venue to gather and consider new and inspiring ideas by hosting collaborative, interactive idea based exhibitions. It is a space to see art as well as participate in dialogue. MacArthur B Arthur hosts readings, screenings and community events as well as occasional musical performances.