There is no question about it; Austin TX does not slow down during those lazy days of summer. There is always something to do. However, if you find yourself looking at an empty space on your calendar this Saturday, with nothing to do, you might want to check out photographer Malia Moss’ exhibition Multiplicity at UP Collective. Even if you do have plans this show is definitely worth squeezing in.
Moss photographs ordinary daily events: dinner-time with kids, walking the dog, work at the office. However, look a little closer and notice the overwhelming quantities captured in these images. Subjects are cloned into unimaginable realities, creating a scene that seems quite abstract. Yet there is a familiarity to each photograph. No, one would not necessarily find themselves seated amongst a disproportionate amount snakes or birds or babies. However I think we can all relate to being overwhelmed by the environment we are in.
Today, it is rare to find any moment where there is only one thing demanding our attention. We are a part of a time that everything is so accessible that there is a constant need to be plugged in. Focus is quickly becoming a lost art while our abilities to multitask are taking over. Malia Moss has skillfully created an environment that pulls the viewer’s attention simultaneously in every direction. In her work, photography is no longer a still frame or captured moment but many moments infused into one chaotic image.
An opening is the perfect environment to experience Malia’s work. There is no better place to look at work that explores quantities than in a room with quantities of people. However, if for some reason you are unable to make it this Saturday, from 7-10pm at UP Collective located 2326 E. Cesar Chavez, definitely stop by another time. The show will be up until August 26th.