Brian Alfred’s ‘Future Shock’ Exhibition Imagines Our Technology-Driven Prospects

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We live in a world where Instagram rules culture; where our President, instead of sending out official memos, types obscenities and presses ‘tweet.’ When everything you could ever need is accessible with just one click, our society’s need for constant consumption has turned into information overload. So, what do we do – embrace it or freak the fuck out? These are the questions artist Brian Alfred asks in his latest exhibition, Future Shock, at Miles McEnery Gallery in Chelsea.

Inspired by Alvin Toffler’s 1970 novel and Herbie Hancock’s 1983 album of the same name, Alfred explores the beauty and uncertainty of a future run by technology and consumerism. Through the series, the Brooklyn-based artist plays with both the ease of having everything at our fingertips, and the anxiety that comes with being pretty much useless. And though he doesn’t provide us with a how-to manual when it comes to navigating the time that lays before us, his Future Shock does make us want to turn off our phones and tune in IRL – at least, for a little bit.

 

 

‘Future Shock’ is on view now until March 10 at Miles McEnery Gallery, 525 W. 22nd St., NYC