Ruben Millares: Mother Pages
April 9 – May 29, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8,
6 – 9 pm
Mother Pages is an installation by Miami-based artist Ruben Millares that uses sculpture, collage, and scent to explore the idea of obsolescence vs. permanence. Millares takes the pages of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and covers obsolete motherboards from an array of technologies, including stereos, equalizers, drum machines, computers, and servers to show that books outlive the technologies that are sold to the public as the future. As cutting-edge technologies go by the wayside, books survive; while motherboards break down, books must be burned in order to be eliminated.
The collage works on the wall are the leftover scraps from the process, which the artist saves to preserve the book in its entirety. As you enter the gallery you are consumed with the smell of fire. The collages are framed in burnt wood, alluding to the charred texts from the story and the current trend to replace books with technology.
Millares compares the sculptures to abandoned cities overtaken by the jungle. In a society obsessed with the next and newest smart phone, computer or gadget, the work leads us to the questions: what is progress? Is there a balance?
The sculptures are presented in glass vitrines like those of an historical museum to highlight and imagine a future where books could only be found in this state; preserved; an archaic technology for future generations to learn about. Millares presents competing ideas where by on one hand the book dominates and conquers, while on the other, the book has truly died.
Image: Ruben Millares, Mother Pages, 2015, Collage, book pages, computer motherboards and mized media, dimensions variable.