Sunday, February 23, 2014
You are being watched. Whether it's the National Security Agency, Google or Facebook, our every move is electronically stalked. This pervasive digital surveillance apparatus is known as Big Data and is the subject of Susan Bowers new clay sculpture show at May. Clay is a very traditional medium, but Bowers' head sculptures of zombie-like FBI guys in shades perfectly evoke Big Data's paranoia-inducing omnipresence. Encircling an installation that resembles a surreal evidence locker filled with mutant clay beasts, haunted appliances and giant hypodermic needles, these FBI guys come across like virtual investigators ready to seize your phone and email records at a moment's notice. The clay objects they guard suggest a digital Dr. Frankenstein's attempt to create diabolical alternate reality where the world around us is constantly mutating, so mass disorientation reigns. In other words, it's a metaphor for the digitally and genetically engineered world we inhabit today. Bowers may have struck a nerve.
Triptix: Ceramics by Susan Bowers, through March 8, May Gallery, Suite 105, 2839 N. Robertson Street, 316-3474; Peripheral Recognition: Sculpture by Jason Childers, Influxx: Paintings by Wendell Brunious, Through March 2, UNO St. Claude Gallery, 2429 St. Claude Ave., 280-6493.
Left: Broken Sky by Wendell Brunious