Do You Know We Are Ruled


CEPA Gallery exhibition Alexis Oltmer, Do You Know We Are Ruled

CEPA Gallery is proud to present Do You Know We Are Ruled, an interactive spectacle by emerging artists Alexis Oltmer and William Bergmann. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, May 10 through Saturday, June 7 at CEPA. A reception for the artist and the public will take place from 7-10 pm on SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014


As part of their exhibition Alexis and Will are raising money for a wonderful project. Working with the non-profit Shoulder to Shoulder Pittsburgh-San Jose, Inc., Alexis and Will are assisting an ongoing (since 2001) partnership that whose mission is to provide quality healthcare and improve the way of life in the community of San Jose del Negrito, Honduras. From June 14-21, 2014 Will and Alexis will travel to San Jose del Negrito with Shoulder to Shoulder to, among other things, build a playground to the community’s children. Part of the money raised will also be used for a unique photography project. Alexis and Will will bring and distribute single-use cameras to the the children of San Jose del Negrito and help them to document their lives and community. Upon their return they will develop and print the pictures and send them back to the children.

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Artist Statement:

Collectively as Human beings, we inherently hold powers to manifest transformations of old ideals and decrees into new or unorthodox ways of being. Our species has questioned our existence from the dawn of our time. Then why, have we accepted a reality that is built upon complacency in mass produced images and objects as well as ossified though paths? Seemingly lacking the will to question, Humankind has fallen into a desolate and materialistic time period, where manufactured products have become our masters as they come to dominate our “identities.”

Awareness towards the ordinary, the overlooked, and of communication is a step backwards from materialistic desolation. Having the ability to actively make a choice, erects us as Human. Making the decision to become passive and indifferent is what condemns us to mass thoughtlessness, and blind consumption. With this stated, nullify the realities of devout acceptance, and awaken a propulsion from within which puts in question the socially established normal.

“A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic un-freedom prevails in advanced industrial civilization, a token of technical progress. How can individuals satisfy their own needs without hurting themselves, without reproducing, through their aspirations and satisfactions, their dependence upon an exploitation apparatus which in satisfying their needs, perpetuates their servitude?”

– Herbert Marcuse

CEPA Gallery exhibition Do You Know We Are Ruled by Alexis Oltmer and William Bergmann


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