What is the time we live in? Is it the now or the future, or can it be already perceived as past? Some parts of the world are ahead, some severely behind in technological development, as the globalization progresses and continues erasing boundaries. Growing up in the twentieth century planted a particular seed of vision of future into the head of myriad of kids in the western culture. Hoping to see robots move freely and cars fly above the ground in the time Beyond 2000, we can easily find ourselves thinking - wasn’t the future supposed to happen already? Dwelling in the whirlpool of superpower gadgets and tech hype, it appears everything is programmed. The continuous deja-vu confuses the once Jetsons lover, who depends on technology to the point of disregard for any organic experiences. Disowning a smartphone for a day seems overly difficult, while our virtual, technological, imagined and tangible realities overlap, creating scenes or memories that just might have happened. Real moments become distant, lost in the haze of our baffled memory.
Gauntlet Gallery from San Francisco together with painter Scott Listfield assembled a group of artists who investigate lost moments of the past and the future. Their works portray places that seem familiar, subjects who exist in an undefined continuum on Earth, from the very distant past to the far future. Each of the artists displays a singular angle within the theme, ranging from post-apocalyptic genre scenes to dreamy visions. The common trait of the exhibition are the Lost Moments infused with suspense and strange optimism, as something, not necessarily bad, is surely coming.
Lost Moments will showcase work by six artists including Scott Listfield, Rebecca Chaperon, Nora Sturges, Simon Stålenhag, Hollis Brown Thornton, and Wiley Wallace. Opening on June 28, the exhibition will remain on view through July 26, 2014 at Gauntlet Gallery.
Lost Moments will feature a new body of work by Scott Listfield, depicting his recognizable astronauts who landed on deserted Earth. It’s not clear if they are there just to see the old home planet once again, or if they are exploring, but there is something detached and alien in their attitude. One of the most interesting elements of Listfield’s work is the depiction of the most famous company logos, from Coca-Cola to McDonald’s or Burger King. This juxtaposition of the alienation and the familiarity seems to be saying that even when the world ends, advertising will prevail.
Hollis Brown Thornton will exhibit his paintings featuring pixelated characters, who appear to have merged with the digital world. His realities are imaginary, while the artist brings future to the present by using a classic medium of the past.
In the barren lands of Nora Sturges, the observer can see traces of human presence broken by huge tectonic movements of the decaying ground. The strongest impression is desertion, emptiness, while hints of life are given through small doors of subterranean habitats.
Rebecca Chaperon conjures visions of ancient mysterious figures, evoking the idea of the enchantress of the lake and the magical occurrences once common in the atmosphere.
Simon Stalenhag depicts realistic scenes, who could happen even today, if we had robots that could be bought in a store. It’s not the apocalypse, it’s just - future.
Wiley Wallace will show the most tense paintings in the group, as his humans are in constant anticipation. The suspense pours onto the observer, since it’s never clear what is it that they expect - aliens for sure, but are they friend or foe?
Lost Moments exhibition will assemble a narrative about the fall of man and his resistance to disappear even when the future finally comes.