Zak Elstein: In Decline
May 7–30 2021
Opening Reception: Friday May 7, 5–8 pm, with music and food in the parking lot
(Gallery capacity will be limited, and masks required)
Closing Reception: Saturday May 29, 1-4 pm
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I think we are a species in decline. Our ideas about consumption are consuming the planet from beneath our feet. The systems that guide and rule our lives are antique, violent, and built upon foundations of hatred.
If we choose to cling to our current ways, we will lose our place on this planet. She’ll shift a few gears, change a couple of settings, and we will no longer find this a comfortable place to be.
After a period of chaos, death, reshuffling things will return to normal. Earth will keep on spinning, just with a lot less of humanity weighing her down. New existences/patterns will rise and the few of us that remain will return to life as the wild things we used to be, as animals with an ongoing echo of culture, as feral and cautious creatures with a slight memory of the monsters we once were.
I think about these future people when I’m making my boxes. I wonder what messages they will leave for one another. I wonder where they will find meaning in a world no longer suited for them. I wonder what they will pick up and hold on to, as they dig through the rust and memories of something great, something horrible, something gone.