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The Soap Factory’s 2012 Volunteer Biennial, KnownUnKnowns, will feature a variety of exciting new artwork from new, emerging, and established artists among The Soap Factory’s volunteer force. During an era in which the future seems increasingly indeterminate, KnownUnKnowns presents work that plays with the balance between certainty and speculation, while exploring acquired knowledge. Following more than a decade of dismal political theater and end-of-the-world prophecies, those that claim with certainty that the end will finally come in December 2012 can only be met with a vague sense of absurdity.
Taking cues from social, political, and personal experiences, KnownUnKnowns examines the search for truth and the fragility of that which we believe to be real. This exhibition of local artists will showcase a wide range of media including painting, photography, installation, video, and interactive works. From a memory-shredding machine to a simulated experience of life on another planet, the featured artists take a variety of approaches to push boundaries and decipher the nature of knowledge.
Thirty-six of The Soap Factory’s volunteers are presenting their own work in this collaborative biennial show. Created and planned by artists who know The Soap Factory best, KnownUnKnowns showcases both the talents of The Soap Factory’s volunteer force and the creative potential of its historic industrial space.