American Idols

Exhibit Dates: 
Jul 5, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
Location: 
Carole Bieber and Marc Ham Gallery
Throughout our history, societies have created grand narratives embodied by their heroes and villains. Told, retold, and embellished over time, these narratives invariably became mythic in proportion. It seems to be in our nature to deify some charismatic individuals and demonize others. Maybe it is our way of protecting our own human nature, creating concepts of extreme good and evil to justify our own decisions and morality. Today, it appears that we have lost all sense of  those archetypal heroes and have  replaced them with individuals who have achieved celebrity status and name recognition. The American President has become one of the most recognizable  faces in the world. Our fascination with them is far beyond their individual political engagements; it is focused on the office, the position of power. They have been placed into a new set of narratives, one achieved not through their actions, but through celebrity status. Their narratives are created within the political parties and the media. In a culture where our entire attention span is diminished to sound bites, do we even actively participate in our own democratic society? While my work does not present the answers, I do hope  it compels the viewer to question.
-John Moran