THIS TOO SHALL PASS
15 September-21 October
The Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Marked st. San Francisco, CA 94103
"Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late. -Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces
This Too Shall Pass is one of Amory's largest installations, and includes a typical all-American house that utilizes black, white, and gray that is intended to cast a shadow on notion of“The American Dream.” The exhibition’s paintings, sculptures and video installation, investigate the concepts of“The American Dream” and extrapolate out to the birth, death and rebirth of a society. Through personal introspection, Amory wishes to challenge the notions of the downfall and rebuilding of a nation to address personal rebirth and growth, self-exploration and challenges of and learning from internal struggles.
While challenging the notion of“The American Dream,” the idea of resiliency, and the concepts of civic failure and success, Amory addresses his own internal personal struggles by shining a light on such myths as Remus and Romulus. Many of us will remember how “The American Dream” and 1950s post-war optimism were characterized by television shows such as Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver, which epitomized the embodiment of “The American Dream.” Amory's installation combined with his use of symbolism intends to ignite conversation about memories, community, and separation; suggesting that past cultural decisions have shaped the present; and how present decisions will influence the future of our communities.
Underlying the façade of the success and beauty of the 1950's culture, racism, sexism and homophobia were prominent and prevalent and harmful. In 2017, do we want to "make America great again, turning back the hands of time to a 1950s era framework. This installation is intended to be contemplation about America's struggles and victories. Amory's sculptural use of colorful flowers is intended to shine light on the determination to rise above negative circumstances and surmount improbable circumstances (be they natural disasters or man-made catastrophes). Will the people espousing reactionary ideals make America great again? Will the unification and galvanization of progressives brought about as the result of the current election steer us toward a society full of color? What is the American Dream? What is personal growth? How do we rectify our own personal struggles within the context of societal and internal struggles? It is Amory's aim to not necessarily answer these questions, but to introduce or re-introduce and continue this conversation.