What plans the better idea
Curator: Belaxis Buil, MFA ‘19
The English naturalist, Charles Darwin spoke of survival of the
fittest—or in Darwin’s own words “Survival of the form that will leave the
most copies of itself in successive generations.” Herbert Spencer, an
English philosopher and Darwin’s contemporary stated that “The
survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical
terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called ‘natural selection,’ or the
preservation of favored races in the struggle for life.”
Today we see a struggle created by mankind that stems from neglect in
caring for our environment, from carelessly forgetting to preserve
natural resources and not consistently participating in beneficial trends
of recycling trash into resourceful products that would benefit our future.
Many artistic communities favor gestures of recycling and exhibit
successful prototypes of recycled goods in fashion, house decor and
living. In the case of Sterling Rook’s Camo 1984, the viewer can
celebrate trashy, flamboyant neon mats, stacked haphazardly upon
each other. These loosely serve up an architecture worthy of Miami
Beach’s candy-colored landscapes.
Michael Gray, by contrast, proposes dark, humorous renderings of
scenarios with a bleak twist. Nephilim is a monotype print on paper that
portrays a car on top a raft strapped on, presumably, with all it needs to
drift away into waterworld.
With the artists work taken together, What plans the better idea
presents new modes of survival, natural selection and mechanizations
that use the present to explore ways to influence the future.
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