May 27th 2011

The Stars Are Too High

@ Pentagon

2655 W Homer St, Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Friday, May 27th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Friday, June 10th

Work by Casey McGonagle, Daniel Baird, Jake Myers, Jesse Avina, Spencer Hutchinson and William Bacarella.

“From the Pentagon to the Kremlin nations cringed before the mysterious flying object which could perform feats more deadly than any known weapon…They had a plan that meant taking the future of the world into their own hands.”

Taking its title from Agnew H. Bahnson, Jr.’s book of the same name, “The Stars Are Too High” is an exhibition of photography, installation, sculpture, and new media that relates to science fiction in its past, present and future forms. The concept of the show and title stems from the idea of a future that is unattainable, one that is fabricated through fantasy and dream. Referencing science fiction literature and film, each artist reserves a vision of their own ‘future.’

As a whole, science fiction (or Sci-Fi) represents our desires, fears and predictions of the world to come. Even if the predictions are not true they become important in how our society reflects on itself. Space travel, cell phones, internet and avatars were all predicted and thought about long before their invention. This show relates and connects the art world and Sci-Fi culture through references to William Gibson, Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey and even The Vision of Buckminster Fuller.

The Stars Are Too High connects all the concepts for the viewer to read and interpret in their place and time. Like the genre this show embodies, it is up to the viewer to link their experiences. No aspect of Sci-Fi was left unnoticed, may it be the cosmos or our own world this show encompasses the genre as a whole.

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