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Karl Haendel: The Invisible Hand

Karl Haendel (b. 1976 in New York) lives and works in Los Angeles. He has recently had solo exhibitions at The Lever House, NY; Milliken Gallery, Stockholm; Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Harris Lieberman, NY; and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, as well as public projects with the Art Production Fund, NY, and LAX Art, Los Angeles. His work has been featured in a MOCA Focus solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA and in the recent group exhibitions Beg Borrow and Steal at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Fl; Nothingness and Being at the Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico; Haunted, Guggenheim Museum, NY, and Lines, Grids, Stains, Words: Minimal Art Drawings from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, NY. In 2011 Haendel will have solo exhibitions at Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples, and Yvon Lambert, Paris.

Photography courtesy of Tony Wright Gallery

Thursday, 14.10.2010
12:00 (Cet)

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Knights of the medieval era were asked to "Protect the weak, defenseless, helpless, and fight for the general welfare of all." These were the primary duties of a medieval knight, but they were very hard to accomplish, and rarely could even the best of knights achieve these goals. Knights trained in hunting, fighting, and riding, as well as practicing courteous, honorable behavior, which was considered extremely important. Chivalry was the main principle guiding a knight's lifestyle, and a way of demonstrating military chivalry was to own expensive, heavy weaponry. Warriors were not only required to own all these belongings to prove their allegiance, they were also expected to act with military courtesy as well. In combat when nobles and knights were taken prisoner, their lives were spared and were often held for ransom in somewhat comfortable surroundings. This same code of conduct did not apply to non-knights (archers, peasants, foot-soldiers, etc.) who were often slaughtere d after capture, and who were viewed during battle as mere impediments to knights fighting other knights.

At the end of the Jewish wedding ceremony the groom stomps on a glass to crush it and the guests shout, "Mazel Tov!" There are various interpretations of why Jews do this and where the glass breaking tradition came from. Some of the most popular explanations are: The breaking of the glass is a reminder of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. The breaking of the glass is a reminder that even in times of great joy there is sadness, and that life will bring both. The breaking of the glass symbolically represents the breaking of the hymen and the consummation of the marriage. The breaking of the glass symbolizes that the love of the couple is fragile, so it must be cared for to keep from breaking. The breaking of the glass is a reminder that although the couple came together as a single union, the world as a whole is broken and needs mending. The broken glass is irrevocably changed; likewise, the couple is forever changed by marriage and must accept this and take on a new form.

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