SMALL TRUTH an exhibit by Langdon Graves ( @ ADA GALLERY - RICHMOND, VA )

ADA Gallery is pleased to present Small Truth, an exhibition of new work by Langdon Graves.

Now through March 10, 2013


In her work, Graves explores the human body as fragments of bone, tissue, metaphor and belief in an effort to examine the split between how science and religion have historically sought to explain natural phenomena and the origins of our human existence. 

She draws on concepts derived from the ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles, whose ideas readily embraced and mixed scientific explanation and observation of the natural world with elements of the divine and the mythic. 

The imagery in her works invoke Empedocles' descriptions of the human body as an aggregate of anatomical fragments that function through an unusual and at times bewildering mix of botanical processes, surgical procedures, nautical symbols, and sacred rituals, all placed together as if on a dissecting table.

The title of the exhibition Small Truth is a reference to a line from the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, which Graves sees as suggesting that our understanding of the world and appreciation of its mysteries is formed from the examination of its minute parts and that which is near to us:

The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.