Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information?
Curated by Ellyn Weiss + Sondra Arkin
MAY 4 - JUNE 10

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 7-9 pm
Artists Talk: Sunday, June 10, 5 - 6 PM

Zeitgeist is a German word meaning "spirit of the times," as reflected in the cultural, political and intellectual mood of a moment in time. Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information? is the third in a series of periodic exhibitions that brings together groups of artists for exploration by the curators Sondra N. Arkin and Ellyn Weiss.

The first Zeitgeist exhibition was mounted in 2008 at the Nevin Kelly Gallery in Washington, DC. Titled "Under Surveillance", it presented the responses of 12 local artists to the increasingly diminishing zone of personal privacy available to us as we are data mined, sorted and observed by a growing array of government and corporate entities.

Just as "Under Surveillance" was presented, the world started to pivot again; George Bush left and Barack Obama brought hope for change. The new zeitgeist was rich in the type of ironies, however, that stimulate invention. For example, the backdrop to the new president’s first days and months featured Bernie Madoff and many others of his ilk, the stock market meltdown, foreclosures, and a daily body count of bank failures. The zeitgeist had taken a turn but which mood was dominant? It seemed time to ask artists to respond to a new question. That was the genesis of “Zeitgeist II: What’s Important Now?” presented in the fall of 2009.


It seems undeniable that the zeitgeist is shifting again. We are most interested in the artistic response to the effects of the increasing streams of information coming to us from an ever-growing array of devices and directions. Evidence continues to be developed that our brains are actually being altered by the information surge and the means by which it is delivered. Hence, the theme of Zeitgeist III: Too Much Information? Fifteen (15) artists have accepted the challenge to create work in any media that responds to this theme: JS Adams Tom Block Scott G. Brooks Richard Dana Anna U. Davis Thomas Drymon Adam Dwight Claudia Aziza Gibson-Hunter Pat Goslee Michelle Lisa Herman Ryan Hoover Michael Iocovone Elizabeth Morisette Michael Platt & Carol Beane Ruth Trevarrow

JUNE 15 - JULY 15
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