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In/Between | A Rock and a Hard Place: Visions from the Ghost World of how to Survive One’s Sovereignty of Self Destruction in a Land We Assumed We Once Knew
Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Visual and Dramatic Arts department at Rice University is pleased to announce its first fall exhibition, “In/Between | A Rock and a Hard Place: Visions from the Ghost World of how to Survive One’s Sovereignty of Self Destruction in a Land We Assumed We Once Knew” by Photography Lecturer Justin Raphael Roykovich. The opening reception will take place at the Rice Media Center Gallery on September 5, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Roykovich generally addresses one’s relationship to a site through time, connecting and documenting seen and un/seen occurrences. His work is about looking at those spaces as an InBetween site, one that is rapidly changing both socially and environmentally. While at these sites, he often experiences them through an adopted performance persona that he calls “The InBetween” – an extension of his physical self that moves through what we experience as reality. It explores that reality in a state that is neither here nor there as it slips, shuffles and slides through the curtain of “the real” that separates what we see in a physical life from the unseen mechanics that keep our universe spinning. This extension touches upon notions of the multiverse, the possible hidden dimensions left to be discovered in physics, the invisible yet palpable nature of dark matter, or even something as simple as gravity – invisible forces that make up and guide our lives that yet exist outside the realm of visibility. He therefore explores locations – both the geographic and the liminal – to expose and research how the layers of history, mythology and psychic scars of a site can affect the phenomenological intersections of current physical, mental and emotional experiences within that place and time. He utilizes photography, video, performance, installation and mark-making to explore these psychic environments of intersections, systems, networks and experiences, using himself as a queer-coded conduit.
“In/Between | A Rock and a Hard Place: Visions from the Ghost World of how to Survive One’s Sovereignty of Self Destruction in a Land We Assumed We Once Knew” will be on view at the Rice Media Center Gallery from September 6, through October 17, 2019. Rice Media Center Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information on Justin Raphel Roykovich visit: http://www.jrroykovich.com
Information on the Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University can be found at: vada.rice.edu
For questions regarding the exhibition or artist contact: Maria Martinez, [email protected], [email protected], or at 713-348-4882.