Civilization (inverted)

September 22–December 16, 2017.


"What I mean by progress is the welding together of society for whatever ends. Progress is a centripetal movement, obliterating man in the mass. Civilization is centrifugal; it permits, it postulates, the assertion of personality. The terms are, therefore, not synonymous. They stand for hostile and divergent movements. Progress subordinates. Civilization coordinates. The individual emerges in civilization. He is submerged in progress."
 -Norman Douglas, South Wind, 1917

Paul P. installation view of Civilization Coordinates, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Maureen Paley, London.