FEAR=False Evidence Appearing Real

press release:

And/Or Gallery is pleased to announce Jacob Ciocci’s debut solo show in Los Angeles. In his videos, paintings, and performances, Ciocci uses pop culture, nostalgia, and branding to explore profound and mundane expressions of freedom, authenticity, suffering, and rage. Although he works across media, his art most often takes the form of collage, with Ciocci combining his own existential questioning and counseling with absurd found footage and other cultural detritus culled from the internet, the trash, or the nearest strip mall of franchised chains. For Ciocci, internet culture is analogous to melancholy in that both constantly flit between meaningless and meaning, between poignancy and banality, between the gleeful and the ghastly. As the artist says, “We don’t get the shareable culture we want; we get the shareable culture we deserve.”

In Show #28, Ciocci will continue to mine the intersection of consumerism, goofiness, and gloom by drawing on a hodgepodge of cultural symbols and artifacts, including: Planet Fitness gyms, which console their members with the dark promise of a self-care safe space from the “Judgment Zone” of the world; Disney’s Eeyore character, who is the poster donkey-boy for plush, socially-acceptable depression; and the recent internet fad of water bottle flip videos, in which kids perform dumb tricks with half-empty water bottles but often simply upload the documentation of their failed and futile attempts. The exhibition will include videos and prints presented in a room-scale installation that further evokes the tragicomedy of adult-onset angst and consumable vulnerability, with many videos screened on phones left unattended to charge in the gallery, which Ciocci imagines as akin to “tiny synthetic people being trapped or stuck awkwardly to a wall, just sitting there without their flesh counterpart.”

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