Curated by Live With Animals with Secret Project Robot
The Gods We Are is an homage to friendship, an exploration of current social mythology, and an absurdist farce.
In this exhibition—as six artists—we come together to create "shrines" to one another. The goal is multi-faceted, but to put things simply, it is based on the interpretation of our friends and fellow artists as "gods." Which gods would they be, which are the positive and negative implications of that god, and how can we portray those characteristics for worship?
On a secondary level, this show explores contemporary connections to classic patterns in mythology. In Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces, the idea of the archetypal patterns of Heroes are important because "they convey the universal truths about one's personal self-discovery and self-transcendence, one's role in society, and the relation between the two." Elevating ourselves to gods is to create anthropological blueprints of a common value system. Which traits we choose to worship will indeed speak something of what our world is like.
In the same way that worshiping a god of war in ancient civilization would reflect a warrior culture, elevating quirkiness to a level worthy of worship could reflect a culture's emphasis on individualism. So in this sense, The Gods We Are is a reading of current ideological and spiritual structures, yet the given absurdism of portraying ourselves as gods certainly reveals much about our culture in the first place.
The Gods We Are is an exercise in vanity, an act of hubris in a culture that worships celebrities, fame and wealth. We are creating shrines to and for ourselves; we are calling it the gods WE ARE. We are running wild with Nietzsche’s dictum that artists must save the world. We are translating Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame into a religious experience and we are doing so with the full intent of marketing ourselves as art stars worthy of praise.
Of course, we are all laughing about it profoundly and cynically, so perhaps the entire piece is better served as a side note to the Theatre of the Absurd, the existential trick that all meaning is meaningless but for the meaning you give it—which is only meaningful to you… and perhaps a few friends.
— Live With Animals and Secret Project Robot