TABLET & CLOUD: PILGRIMS IN CYBERSPACE
2019 solo exhibition, Chroma Projects Gallery, Virginia
Once there was a moment in time when a new set of tools launched humans into the digital age. Large scale events don’t have precise beginnings, but it seemed the world suddenly flipped itself over and began a new day. No pause to consider the tentacles it would sprout. There was no discovery of fire’ moment to provoke a startle response in the innocent recruits. They set out across this new frontier, faces aglow, hands diverted from human touch. Faces stopped meeting across the counter; one left suspended and the other now fastened to the screen.
Seekers and pilgrims in those early years, they began to replicate a triple-decker universe.
The tangled, dark understory of their command centers lay hidden beneath the earthbound affairs of the desk’s surface. And high above for them to contemplate was the invisible, unfathomable ‘cloud’. Snaking down the walls into the slant-lit stage beneath their desks as if scripted for a dramatic ending, a frenetic tangle of wires made its way to the power source. The people were now fettered to its rules.