Cove St. Arts Presents, in Portland Eva Goetz’s Think A Bot It. Large, friendly robots speak through semafore, coded messages, and signals requesting that we HELP, STOP, LOOK and LISTEN. Goetz’s colorful, dynamic bots encourage the viewer to engage deeply and to think about the possibilities (and dangers) embedded in our technological future. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the generous of The Candy and Jim Platz and Max Kagan Foundation and Creative Portland.
This vibrant, playful body of work is also a serious platform where deep questions are considered: Are we marching toward a future filled with health and well-being? Or are we on a destructive course, drunk and blinded with new creative ability? Are we fully considering the impact of innovations on society (democracy) and our planet?
Born in Texas with Mexico next door, Eva Goetz was influenced by the palette of the land: the bright and dusty colors found within both the landscape and narrative folk paintings. These sense memories punctuate Goetz’s robots in the form of dots. As the artist explains: “Dots are both energy and form. As circles, dots can become windows into consciousness. As points, dots can punctuate beginnings and endings. Or perhaps dots are points of light or energetic origins or infinity itself. We all begin and end somewhere.” Think A Bot It is on view through February 22.