Freedom is ephemeral, and the very definition can change from person to person. Smashed Labels, two brothers from Bear, Delaware, have created an exhibit that explores the different meanings and degrees of freedom that we all have. Can those behind bars experience more freedom than you and I? Can any of us every truly be free when we’re conditioned from birth by a system of values that may not align with our own natural state? xFree? tackles these questions and more through multiple installations inspired by music, film, family and “pretty much everything.” Read on for more info:
With this collection, Smashed Label is exploring many questions: “What is freedom to you? How do you define someone who is unfree? Can a person, physically liberated, be more restricted than someone who is serving a jail sentence? Can an imprisoned person be more unconfined than someone walking around like you and me? Are we in control of our own mental space? Is it possible for us to break down years of conditioning and unlearn what we’ve picked up to create better conditions?” A lot of the process for this series was creating pieces using masking tape that were then broken down and used to create better pieces. With this show, they’ve documented a small section of their own search for the meaning and ultimately the realization of true freedom.
The exhibit, presented by InLiquid and hosted by Crane Arts, opened October 8th and runs through January 1st, with Second Thursday receptions coming up November 12th and December 10th.