Jun 2nd 2023

Too Long; Didn’t Read

@ Heaven Gallery

1550 N Milwaukee Ave #2, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, June 2nd, from 7PM - 11PM

On view through Sunday, July 9th

Too Long; Didn’t Read
Heaven Gallery
June 2-July 9, 2023

Opening: Friday, June 2, 7pm-11pm
Virtual artist talk: Sunday, June 11, 12pm CST
Screening + Conversation: Sunday, June 18, 5pm

We’re living in a time where our attention is more political than ever and has become a form of social currency. Between social media clicks and algorithms, 24-hour news cycles, endless streaming content, apps to ease every inconvenience, and expectations of being available at all times – digital distraction blurs our everyday interactions and confuses our relationships to labor, self, community, and empathy. Too Long; Didn’t Read (TL;DR) is coded internet language that exposes the attention culture that we accept as our new normal. TL;DR is an internet acronym signaling that whatever content follows could be long, tedious, and/or complex. This exhibition invites us to instead view TL;DR as a flag, warning us to pay attention, to be curious about what’s under the surface, and to decide, critically, what to invest our time in.

Too Long; Didn’t Read brings together works by Jose Luis Benavides, Andi Crist, Francis Dot, Hale Ekinci, Hasler Gomez, Kelly Kristin Jones, and Yuyang Zhang. While the works range from textiles, ceramics, painting, text, and installation, each artist employs tactics of attention.

curated by //
Jenn Sova

Works by //
Jose Luis Benavides
Andi Crist
Francis Dot
Hale Ekinci
Hasler Gomez
Kelly Kristin Jones
Yuyang Zhang

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