Exact Imagination

Exact Imagination

Exact Imagination is about the experience of art, however one may have it, via gallery exhibitions, social encounters, books, reproductions, academics, or simply by being alive. Taking its inspiration and title from the Frankfurt School philosopher Theodor Adorno and his analysis of aesthetic experience in which he argues that subjective and objective forces collide to determine a viewer’s perceptual reception of art—how it makes them feel, what they take away from it, what they draw up inside of them to relate to it—it includes art that encourages both concrete and immaterial aesthetic explorations. With this in mind, Exact Imagination investigates the authority of the institution and its effect on the viewer.


BANK, Andrea Fraser, Gaylen Gerber, David Ireland, Christian Jankowski, Louise Lawler, N55, David Ording, Red76

Published by Bureau for Open Culture, 2008
Designed by Nate Padavick
60 pages
8.25 x 5 inches
out of print

Curated by James Voorhies

Made possible with funding from Columbus College of Art & Design