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Mirus Gallery presents a solo exhibition, "98 Windows" by the Low Bros opening April 13, 7-10pm and runs through May 12, 2018.
98 Windows, but the tasks ain’t done.... The ironic ideology behind the closing chapter in a trilogy of works exploring contemporary life, from the perspective of digital immigrants.
Technological development has had a drastic impact on our culture and collective lifestyles, with ‘speed’ being the motivating factor; the beating heart of modernization. Over the past 200 years, our world has spun into dynamic motion, with digitalization accelerating its pace exponentially over the past few decades. Change occurs at such a rate that each generations experience of the world is slightly different to the last. Brothers Christoph and Florin belong to a micro generation of flux in the early 80’s called Xennials. This unique period between Generation X and Y, had an analogue childhood while also experiencing the digital revolution in adulthood. The defining characteristic of this group is how they experienced technology and received information about the world.
98 Windows is a body of work acknowledging our very deep attachment to technology and the freedom it proposes. Featured assemblages challenge our attention in more ways than one, as they embody the distractedness that has come to define our lives. We almost equate our ability to multitask with our human capital, projecting how busy we are to demonstrate our social value. The Low Bros harness this idea by constructing moments of single consumption, populated by multiple stimuli.
Their painterly approach also comes into focus as they explore the impact of the organic looking at the Artist. Juxtaposing areas of hand painted canvas against printed digital reproductions, they question the value of craftsmanship. What importance does it still hold? Technology has empowered us in maximizing our potential at a fraction of the time, but at what cost? With so much opportunity to engage, how effective are we actually being? A computer screen with 98 open windows, has almost become the status symbol of our time.
Through an assemblage of mixed media, the artists acknowledge the consequences of our acceleration towards an evermore digital future, offering a visual perspective of our collective self reimagined through the Low Bro filter. The irony of early software models like Windows 98, was that they failed if too many programs ran concurrently. With the modern expectation of time and speed; 96, 97, 98 windows isn't only possible, it is encouraged to facilitate our ‘efficiency’. Technological advancement appears boundless but as this accelerates, how are we to keep pace operating the same organic cognitive system? Do we accept a state of de-synchronization, or is the expectation that we adapt to the next evolutionary stage? (Text by Charlotte Pyatt)
The Low Bros are a German Post Graffiti artist duo made up of brothers Christoph (1984) and Florin Schmidt (1982). With a background in street culture and an interest in contemporary developments, they explore a self-coined ‘Retro-Futuristic’ vibe. From their collective memory of the 80s and 90s, the Low Bros create a vantage point from which to reimagine the present future; a perception which refocuses the conflicts they embody in the modern age. Their work comprises several recurring characters constructed from bold geometric shapes among copper wires, a symbolic means of our modern connectedness. As the viewer begins to deconstruct these forms, the complexity of their aesthetic is revealed with each symbol introducing another layer to explore. A recurring character is the wolf whom we see often duplicated or fractured, his tough exterior juxtaposed against soft spots in pink fleshy tones. Slick shades form emotional and intellectual barriers from the oncoming stares. We are the wolf, inside of an unrecognizable, yet familiar reality. The Low Bros live and work in Berlin, Germany.
The trilogy of shows is a sequence of solos exhibitions over the last 3 years which mirror the artists personal journey as digital immigrants. From Perfiction in 2016 with Golden Hands Gallery, they observe the role of the ego and the value of information in our digital habitats. Wired in 2017 with Stolen Space Gallery looked at the isolation being more ‘connected’ creates; ending with 98 Windows in 2018 with Mirus Gallery; where multitasking at a machines pace, has caused a fracture of the self.
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