Simon Denny: The Scapegoat vs. The Commons [metaphor machines]

Organized by Executive Director Jill Snyder with Assistant Curator A. Will Brown

February 16, 2018June 10, 2018

MOCA Cleveland presents a new body of work by Simon Denny (b. 1982, Auckland) that includes painting, sculpture, and drawing, marking a notable integration of new forms for the artist. Denny is a Berlin-based artist whose work explores the ways in which media and technology influence human behavior and determine how we operate as consumers.

This new work emerges from Denny’s research into the role Big Data has played in radically altering our political and corporate structures. In particular, the exhibition explores the psychographic use of data in the 2016 US presidential campaign through a series of abstract formalist paintings annotated with language used by the renowned tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel and Big Data firm Cambridge Analytica, who served as chief architects of the 2016 Republican campaign.  Denny’s exhibition also includes new drawings and sculptures that explore scapegoating as it is used in politics, and tests new ideas on communal forms of governance.