Information is pleased to announce our inaugural exhibition: Pond Theory, A solo show by Philadelphia artist Jacob C Hammes. In Hammes’ recent work, the idea of monument is explored with a perverted bluntness, with precarious fountains spitting water; cast concrete blocks featuring quotes, jokes, and aphorisms; motivational posters making ominous declarations, and kinetic sound-sculptures as time-keeping devices.
Within the familiar framework of monument as an object to commemorate, memorialize, and preserve, Hammes refocuses attention on its ability to hypnotize, tranquilize, satirize, mourn, and aestheticize political experience. In this instance, an uneasy connection between time and labor are examined in an allegorical narrative discussing a theory of ponds and fountains as industrial soothsayer. Delivered in a frustratingly soothing business-speak, the text and audio narration of pond theory is indeterminate, allowing humor, absurdity, and perverse material relationships to develop - the pond becomes a tool of manipulation for the production of intimacy between business and client, in a satire exposing anxieties over labor alienation, social unrest, climate change, and sublime encounters with nature.