With "Staycation," Thibault expands on her earlier explications of materialism, artifice, and the relationship between objects and power in the context of 19 th Century French antiques. The show responds to the visual ubiquity of tie-dye patterns, peace signs, and other motifs of hippie iconography in the physical space of her Haight-Ashbury neighborhood on the one hand, and of emojis, emoticons, logos, and other motifs of social media in the networked virtual space that many view as the inevitable outcome of San Francisco's hippie ethos of the 1960s.
Fifty years ago, a generation of twenty-somethings flocked to San Francisco to partake in a counter-cultural revolution fueled by sex, drugs, and political idealism. "Staycation," titled from the idea of temporarily checking out of reality without actually going anywhere, compels the viewer to consider whether today's current techno-cultural revolution in San Francisco, where the "we're changing the world" mantra is as omnipresent as it was in 1968, and to ask what, if anything, is different?
Sarah Thibault received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2011. In addition to Wolfe Contemporary, she has exhibited with Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, and in group shows and art fairs in Miami, Minneapolis, New York, and Paris. She lives and works in San Francisco.
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