The Observation Effect
Installation & Performance Art by Gabe Michael Kenney
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 7 – 10 pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday, October 5, 12 – 3 pm;
Saturday, October 12, 12 – 3 pm
On View: October 4 – 18, 2019
“The observer can never be removed entirely from any experiment. This inevitably means that consciousness plays a role in our day-to-day perception of what is happening to us and around us. Change your perception and you change your reality and experience along with it.”
- Robert Edward Grant
“This body of work is inspired by the nostalgia for what was and what could have been and also curiosities over what is and what could possibly be. Using interdimensional time-travel, we could theoretically weigh the value of our choices with greater clarity. The investigation then lies within the complexities regarding the Observer Effect and its relation to the Butterfly Effect.
What would it look like to have a conversation with a parallel self, somewhere else in a parallel dimension? What will you do with all the knowledge you obtain?
What effect does the act of witnessing have on any experience as a whole?"
- Gabe Michael Kenney
Gabe Michael Kenney holds a BFA from Western Colorado University. He obtained his MFA from Pennsylvania State University in 2013. He has been awarded first place in the 2012 PSU Graduate Research Exhibition, the 2014 Harpo Foundation grant, and the 2016 GCAC Visual Arts Fellowship grant. In addition, Kenney has participated as an artist in residence at Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh, Second Sight Studios in Columbus, RAIR in Philadelphia, Neo-Future at Arteles Creative Center in Haukijarvi, Finland, and Teton Artlab in Jackson Hole, WY. He has hosted solo exhibitions at Skylab Gallery, The Vanderelli Room, Sign House, ROY G BIV Gallery, and the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center in Hastings, NE. He is currently living and working in Columbus, OH.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. 934 Gallery's 2019-2020 programming calendar is funded in part by a Project Support Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.