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The Function of [an] Imaginary


University of North Carolina Charlotte

Rowe Galleries


This work explores the tension between the human desire for a foreverness and the magnetic pull of institutional promises that define much of contemporary life. Within The Function of [an] Imaginary exists a new formulary for sacred discourse, where one’s mind can wander in and beyond the borders of liturgical histories.


Those who enter The Imaginary are invited to contemplate, to wonder, to feel, to ask – to emancipate oneself from power structures that push ideas and products designed to fill the impossible god-shaped hole.

Further reading:

Curator's Statement by Alice Cookson

Essay by Jenny Mushkin Goldman, Art Historian

Essay by Alexandra Steinacker, All About Art Podcast

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