Miami, Florida – My pictures do it little justice – the orchestrated rip in the ground filled with replicas of everyday objects that project our generations wanton needs and everyday desires.
The site specific exhibit, Welcome To the Future transforms the Locus Projects into a archaeological dig yet to happen. You stand on the edge of the trench, peering over into a sea of VHS tapes, keyboards, boom boxes, video game controllers, film reels, Blackberries, SLR cameras all rendered from obsidian (dark natural glass the forms when lava cools), rock dust and crystals. At your feet lay the devices that have all, at one time or another, seemed impossible to live without, now representing narratives of past, present, and future. As I stood there, I wondered what the objects might say to future generations about our use of time. Will they be able to determine what our relationships to these ‘things’ were?
It excavated a lot of feelings, being made to look at iconic references from the 21st century in way that predates the way of life I still recognize. The conflict, I’m sure will be individually unique and open to the interpretation of each viewer. Welcome to the Future has a surprisingly even-killed feeling ( a calmness partially due to the objects graduated tones of white and grays) for an exhibit that plays on your concepts of stability and consistency.
Overall, I think Arsham intends to engage us in thoughtful dialogue without forcing you to fake finding a ‘purpose to life’ amongst the rumble. I say that in a wholly appreciative way.
“Welcome to the Future” will be open to the public until January 2015.
Daniel Arsham Welcome to the Future @Locust Projects
3852 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127