THE BYSTANDER EFFECT AT WORTH RYDER ART GALLERY
The Worth Ryder Art Gallery is pleased to present “The Bystander Effect”, an exhibition featuring the work of Divya Balakrishnan, Spurthi Bhatt, and Alisha Johnson, three student artists who have chosen to use the medium of painting to create work that serves a social purpose.
The Bystander Effect is a sociological term that refers to a tragic and paradoxical flaw in human’s social nature; in situations where a large group of people witness an emergency where someone needs help, it often happens that nobody offers assistance to those affected. The artists in this exhibition, although varying in their specific interests and approach, each use this metaphor to criticize humanity’s inaction in the face of global poverty, the exploitation of women, the oppression of racial minorities, and cultural misappropriation.
As painters experimenting with different media and techniques to create a surface, the artists also see this metaphor as describing the separation between viewer and artwork, between the object on display and the depth of the subject matter. Is it possible to use this medium to bridge language and land barriers and enable the viewer to grasp the reality of these pressing issues?
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