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Yes & No is a portrait of feminism as difference; full of contradictions and at variance with itself, because part of itself is the knowledge that selves are only parts – always unfixed and unruly. The exhibition title presents a basic affront to logic; the affirmative-negative of the simultaneous is + is not. The first of the three ‘laws of thought’ in classical logic is the ‘law of identity’, which states that ‘A is A and not ~A.’ Each thing is the same as itself and different from another – this is a fundamental rule upon which rational discourse, since Aristotle, has established itself. But to make a difference, to make difference – in art or feminism or elsewhere – is to make what is out of what is not – and what is not out of what is. We need to draw on illogical premises here, where A is eventually ~A, and perhaps never was A. Or, as one of Doley’s poster paintings announces: A is neither B nor C and sometimes it’s not A.

 

>> from a text written to accompany Kelly Doley’s exhibition Yes & No: Things Learnt About Feminism at Boxcopy, Brisbane, October 2014                                                  you can find the full text here