Dawn Mok has the familiar essence of heart wrenching nostalgia that grabs the guts of any former rave baby. A small music collective that have released a handful of songs mixing synths with meditative dirges and succulent lyrics curated the show at Marva. As you enter the space it seems like a start-up mediation retreat with all the grime and grit of the Berlin Underground, foam mattresses and rough cut carpet offer themselves up as you resume the Lotus position as readily as you take a bowl of soup from the communal pot placed in the corner. Scattered throughout the room was objects of a spiritual nature but no title, or artist was ever present only the collective group and the overall sound coming from a video mounted in the middle of the room. An A4 sheet holding the general title “We Could Be Each Other’s Evidence” and a diagram of the Tarot Tree of Life was the only instructions left by the group, Dawn Mok.
Removed from the singular reasoning of an artist producing, this show allows you to reflect and mediate over objects and environments. One feels at one, calm, and naïve around the pieces in the room from LED rings of eternity to handcrafted clay ash trays and bookshelves made from twigs holding nothing but motifs, magnets, back scratchers and a singular jar. The Individual viewer slips away in this space, something that “we” as an art world are generally unfamiliar with. More often than not, we see spiritual ideology been subsumed into a wave of visually literate, creative communities with such speed and velocity via the net it can only benefit the individual as a safe guard to their “otherness” from society think matcha tea, juicing, yoga. This is the new “speed” subculture, morals are virtual; the spirit has become the tastemakers and trend watchers bonding and sharing via Facebook, twitter or Instagram rather than in communes or retreats. Is Dawn Mok an act of metaphysical auto-destruction? If so it is one of the most interesting performances the art world has seen of late.
Text: Penny Rafferty
Dawn Mok: We Could Be Each Other’s Evidence
March 25th – May 7th, 2016