Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information

Date:
May 4, 2012 - June 10, 2012
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Location:
2438 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009, USA
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I  have 20 works from the "Illustrations for an Unplublished Novel," which I worked on in a residency in Barcelona in February of this year. These works take their inspiration from a novel I wrote (The Fool Returns) - a story of a young man who discovers a familial past that involves him with the political present, as well as the spiritual meaning of humankind.

The novel - more than 500 pages - follows Bill from his lost life, working as waiter in New York to increasingly bizarre encounters in small towns in western Spain and finally, to Lisbon, Portugal, where the climax of the tale unfolds in a block-long whore house in the Alfama district.

The pictures are a view of what happens in his long road, and (also) what's going on inside the searcher's mind and soul.  They represent the seething mass of information that Bill must synthesize on his spiritual and physical travels -- a voyage that mimics our own, as we try to pick our way through an increasingly frenetic world toward some kind of fundamental understanding of the world and our place within it.

Zeitgeist III is a group show curated by Ellyn Weiss and Sondra Arkin, which highlights the fact that the zeitgeist is shifting again - anxiety of a variety of kinds is prevalent. Artists in the exhibit have been asked to treat the effects of being bombarded constantly with endless streams of information. For example, evidence is now emerging that our brains are actually being altered by the barrage of stimuli, perhaps making them less capable of sustained or deep thought.