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(REALITY ENGINEERING II: THE LIZARD OF OZ)
ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 7TH - NOVEMBER 28TH
"The dysfunction and disorder of our contemporary age.
How did we get here to this point in our history as human
Where did we come from? Who are we? Who owns us?
Who controls our past? Who controls what you know? Is what you see truth?
Is your reality your own, or someone else's?
Are you living in a universe of your own design, or do external forces and ideas manipulate and dictate your reality for you?"
"Are you your own reality engineer?
Do you care?
There is a war for your mind.
There is a war on your consciousness.
There is a fear of evolution.
There is a fear of transformation.
What is our true potential?
Have we de-evolved? What has been lost and hidden to us from history?
What are we able to achieve when we at truly free? "
These are just some of the questions that are being asked in Egedy's new solo exhibition, his first ever in Baltimore. The paintings themselves reflect this duality of control versus freedom, of culture and humanity trapped and truth censored.
"Conspiracy theory" is a large part in a lot of Egedy's recent aesthetics, taking influence from the paranoid language and imagery of lunatic fringe chat forums and obscure YouTube video channels, where one can't decide where the truth begins and the illusion ends.
In Egedy's work, the reptilian becomes a sort of dark symbol of the capitalist forces that attempt to engineer and shape our world, effecting our daily reality with absurd laws and policies, and a fear based control system, designed to keep power and manipulate the public. The "plant paintings" in this exhibition are symbolic of this fear based system as well.
Each are entheogenic, meaning they carry either hallucinatory or medicinal qualities, all of which are demonized and illegal in our society, but were revered and highly respected and explored within all ancient cultures, symbolizing the disconnect and fear from our society to our selves, our own consciousness, the environment, and the spiritual and natural realms.