Weston-Bolling Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
April 6th – May 5, 2006
In Challenges, Jimmy Baker seeks to examine the way in which popular media dehumanizes American society’s experience of disastrous and catastrophic world events. Using painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, and sound, Challenges replicates the acerbic, raucous and fragmented environment created by digital culture. The hectic pace of modern life combined with dwindling attention spans has spawned a dependence on sound bites and summaries. Though our access to information is virtually unlimited, our ability to process this information in a sensitive and comprehensive manner has become increasingly compromised. Challenges examines the gap between the lived event and the viewed event, and the effect this gap has on the American psyche.