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“Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive
resistance,” Melville wrote in Bartleby the Scrivener (1853)
This exhibition seeks to show the importance that
artists have in these times by connecting their work to the same
spirit of Bartleby’s repeated line of passive resistance.
Like Bartleby, we need artists who “would prefer not to”
live by the rules if it means overlooking the injustices,
inequities, and failures of our systems and exploring the
complexities of the human condition.
In these days of
media overload and global connectivity, where considered language
seems nearly obliterated, there seems to be only reaction and
immediate response, then hit send. We need to be made to feel
uncomfortable if the end result is that it makes us all
think, reconsider, and have true dialogue that results in
I Would Prefer Not To... was curated by Kele McComsey, the Director of Mana
Contemporary as part of Jersey City Art Week and JCAST.
Prior to Mana, McComsey was the Senior Managing Partner
and President of SurroundArt, an exhibition design and fine art
services company in Brooklyn, New York and Washington, D.C. In
addition, he was the Director of Art Services at PACE and Senior Project
Manager of Artex.
Abhishek Tuiwala and Kele
McComsey with Tuiwala's sculptures
from I Would Prefer Not
To...: The Economy Class (top) and Brain Wash