We've assigned a great deal of responsibility to our shared cultural figures when it comes to teaching lessons about truth, fiction, and morality. We used to tell stories about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree and then professing that he could not tell a lie. We've renamed Abraham Lincoln "Honest Abe" and recounted numerous tales of his integrity. But we are rarely offered real-world or contemporary examples of such ethics. The concept of honesty is inadvertently assigned to history. But the perception of an honest lineage gives all of us the impression of a moral superiority, of a certain invented soapbox from which we can preach our opinions as truth. We use our shared, piecemeal history of honest men to blind ourselves to our digressions from truth.
About The Gallery
JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists.