Gallery Project presents Unhooked from Time, a multimedia exhibit in which 28 local, regional and national artists examine how we have lost our sense of the cycles of nature, and how we have artificially hooked ourselves to linear digital time.
The exhibit opens on Wednesday, April 6 and runs through Sunday, May 15. The opening reception is Friday, April 8 from 6-9.
Virtually everything we do is time based, scheduled and driven by time. Jobs are 9 to 5. Many work 24/7. Activities begin and end by the clock. We take a two-week vacation, rent a cottage and a car by the week, and reserve courts and sports equipment by the hour. The wealthy complain about being time poor. We go to the dentist at 8 am, car repair at noon, gym at 5pm, dinner reservations at 8pm, keeping an eye on the clock.
The exhibit seeks to comprehend and express our loss, as we find ourselves separated from the deeper context of time’s referent: the great primordial cycles in which we humans and all of nature are embedded. It considers human respond to the loss of relationship to real time, how we keep track of and use time to find meaning, comfort, a sense of control in our digitized lives. It looks at current and past experiences and expressions of time. It looks at cultural differences in relating to time. It explores other time-based systems, past, current, and imagined. And it looks at the ways in which we unhook ourselves from the strictures, and perhaps the comforts, of being on time, in time, timely. It depicts what we might discover and construct in the expanse beyond our tight current sense of time. This exploration includes the imagined realms; nothing comes through time into spatial being unless it can be imagined.
Ultimately, this exhibition, Unhooked from Time, seeks to depict the dilemma and comfort of being hooked to our current time system, the processes of unhooking, and the possibilities beyond. It asks, “How does an artist know and express time, enter and release from time, both in its demanding presence and in its unknowable timelessness?
Gallery Project is a fine art collaborative. Its mission is to provide a venue for contemporary art that is culturally aware, individualistic, courageous, and thought provoking. Gallery Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.