I Exam by gilf! A solo show
Created to challenge the viewer to see beyond distractions of the syndicated voice, I EXAM divulges an insightful response to the dizzying noise of our society.
These works consider the modern correlation between effort and understanding. In this age of digital preoccupation, we are trained by society to value speed, self, and efficiency. Our waning attention spans hinder us from being present, and from recognizing what is truly important in our communities. We stay on the surface, repeating sound bites, but not investigating the full story. We align ourselves with brands that we believe represent us, when we too often don't take the time to find that true self.
Continuously inflated egos have narrowed our critical eye to a myopic lens focused on the self. We believe we no longer need one another for survival, and that an abstract number on an ATM receipt can measure success and happiness. As the bonds of community unknowingly disintegrate, we lose the ability to understand large-scale problems as unaffected individuals. These issues don’t immediately affect our daily lives, but instead linger in the shadows of a foreboding future. Are we capable of looking beyond the noise to regain understanding of our true reality?
I EXAM challenges our inclination to blindly accept societal norms, rousing the viewer to wake from the comfort of that hypnotic state to embody reality in its most authentic form.
"Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number
Shake your chains to earth like dew,
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many, they are few"
-Percy Shelley, The Mask of Anarchy 1819