David Rohn Pricks Media Echo Chamber at Carol Jazzar Contemporary
On a much larger scale, and in our media-saturated society, it also reminds one of the incestuous amplification of talking head opinions and the echo chamber effects of how many people today receive and process information.
These are some of the issues David Rohn is mining in "Small, Medium, Large," his cerebral solo exhibit at Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art. A show that explores concepts of hierarchy and perception while offering a stinging commentary on how critical discourse has surrendered to complacency in our Republic.
Each contains identical elements scaled down to size. The only difference from space to space is the electronic information being beamed inside.
Meanwhile on the monitor, one sees the image of the artist made up to look like a ventriloquist dummy in a pitch-perfect parody of opinion-molding network windbags like MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly trumpeting the party line during presidential elections.
The implications of the increasingly diluted information is obvious. Here Rohn tackles the corridors of power in Washington D.C., where those with the highest security clearances are privy to the forces molding government. He also speaks to Wall Street and the financial hierarchies of wealth in this country, and to the entertainment industry in Los Angeles that homogenizes culture for society's largest audiences.
Rohn also subtly references what he has called the "industrial art complex" in the past to remind one of the closed feedback networks driving the business of art today in which museum honchos and powerful moneybag collectors conspire to produce and package our art stars.
His show reminds us how information is ricocheted through the ether and how media outlets often parrot uncritical reports culled from unreliable sources which is in turn successively passed down the line earning an air of accepted fact.
Rohn has raised a bright red flag on several complex issues with this show that demands the widest audience possible so do yourself a favor and don't miss it.
See "Small, Medium, Large" Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art (158 NW 91st Street, Miami) through October 30. Call 305-490-6906 or visit cjazzart.com. Event is free to public.
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