THE END OF UTOPIA: JACOB HASHIMOTO AND EMIL LUKAS
Studio la Città, Venice, Italy
Jacob Hashimoto and Emil Lukas, two internationally recognized American artists, have been invited by Studio la Città Gallery to stage a site-specific show in Palazzo Flangini reflecting on "The End of Utopia." As we move deeper into the Anthropocene, the cost of our ascendancy is becoming clear. Decades of environmental exploitation have left us perilously balanced and wavering on every side: political, social, economic, natural, technological, and ecological. As many observers of the Anthropocene have noted with apt unease, humanity itself has increasingly become the perpetrator, rather than victim, of planetary chaos. In the midst of these conditions, Hashimoto and Lukas’s work addresses a question of newfound relevance: If art is arguably the interpolation of manmade schema onto nature - humankind’s order upon primordial chaos - then how does art’s meaning mutate, as we realize that the infrastructures, systems, and algorithms all originally designed by humans to bring utopia within reach, are in fact dooming its very viability?
VIP preview May 9, 10, 11 10:00am to 6:00pm
Opening with aperitif May 12th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
On view from May 13th to July 30th, 2017 11:00am to 6:00pm (closed on Mondays)
Palazzo Flangini, Cannaregio 252, Venice