“The New World”
By Jamie Solis
A future world in which technology is used to oppress citizens was first introduced in one of the greatest English-language novels of the 20th century, Brave New World. Since the 1930s (when Brave New World was written and published) the social, political and economic relationships within the global community have made impressions as negative as those Aldous Huxley had written about in this novel. Considering the maltreatment that many societies have been and are subjected to, a group of talented So Cal-trained artists have created “The New World”—a modern expression that highlights these various relationships and what opportunities exist for change, as well as the impact of mass communication and abundant trade on the global market. One underlying theme in this exhibit is demonstrated by Chris Banard, who brings attention to how the military’s presence has tyrannized nature, individuals and communities with its industrialization and colonization. Elleni Sclavenitis’ paintings give thought to how colonization became prevalent in America during the Vietnam War. Similarly, Asad Faulwell’s painting Les Femmes d’Alger depicts the struggle of Algeria’s battle for independence from France. The photography of Isabel Avila depicts the outcome of a country opening itself up to global trade—allowing the influence of other cultures to impress themselves upon the nation, specifically how Mexican Americans and Native Americans are often in the United States—their native soil. This collaboration includes artists of Japanese, Mexican, Iranian, American backgrounds and many others who emphasize the consequences of trade and technology on our cultures.
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 652-6493; www.chaffey.edu/wignall. Free.