Reflections on Youth by Those Who Aren't (2011)

Curated by lkkincai
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George Bernard Shaw once said, "Youth is wasted on the young." However, the artists showcased in this exhibition demonstrate that you are never too old to be youthful. "Reflections on Youth by Those Who Aren't" is meant to showcase digital art made by adults that share the common themes of growing older and reflecting on childhood from an adult perspective. From the lighthearted angles of works such as "33 things to do before you're 10," "a bedtime story," or "Candy," which showcase adults performing childlike activities, to the more somber lens of "A Flea Market Album," "A Program for Lonely Birthdays," and "The House of Memories" which exemplify what it means to grow up and leave childhood behind, each of these works display a unique understanding of identity and aging in a digital world. Because these artists chose to display the themes of aging through a digital medium, their works also say something about the rapid changing of technology. As these artists have grown, so has their art form. When they were children, they did not have the capacity to express themselves in the way they can now, as their technology did not allow for it, but as they grew older, digital media has blossomed into an instrument for expression. In this way, the works of “Reflections on Youth by Those Who Aren’t” do not only express what it means for people to leave childhood behind, but also the transformation and “growing up” of digital media as an art. This exhibition was inspired by Bill Viola's "Of Heaven and Earth" (1992), as this work merges the themes of aging with digital art in an extremely poignant and thoughtful way, by using two old-fashioned television screens to represent birth and death (with the space between them representing life). I hope that my exhibition similarly expresses what it means to live and grow older "between the screens" of digital art.

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