Smack Mellon presents You’d Think By Now, a group exhibition exploring cultural coping mechanisms that extend beyond those considered rational or scientific. The exhibition features the work of nine artists: Jesse Chun, Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak, Bang Geul Han, Kosuke Kawahara, Dawn Kim, Aristilde Kirby, Tariku Shiferaw, and Vanessa Thill, working in a diverse set of media including video, immersive installation, performance, poetry, sculpture, photography, and drawing, and spans Smack Mellon’s two gallery spaces.
The exhibition captures the palpable disappointment broadly felt in relation to the logic systems that undergird and shape governance, media representation, language, and politics—our collective reality. It calls into question the false equivalence between the movement of time and the notion of progress. Having exhausted many prudent and analytical methods of critique, the artists included in the exhibition look to systems of illogics—spirituality, spells, mythologies, and folklore, in order to address a variety of current events, issues, and ideas.