CO-OPt Research + Projects presents two concurrent solo exhibitions by Gregory Eddi Jones and Kaitlyn Jo Smith, curated by Aaron Hegert. In the front gallery, Jones’ series Flowers for donald and Countries Glorious (2016-18), for which the artist won the 2018-19 FOAM Talent award, reflects on the overabundance of competing information and opinions via 24-hour news networks, social media, and memes, collaged into digital floral arrangements. Smith’s video, Campaign (2018), on view in the middle gallery, explores the empty rhetoric of political promises and commercial campaigns, using words and phrases from actual speeches from both major political parties, highlighting the vagueness of political messaging. Both exhibitions address the current political climate where “fake news” and “truthiness” hold sway over broad swaths of the populace. The works reflect on the ultimate meaninglessness of populist political discourse in the digital era, in which access to more information does not necessarily make us smarter.
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