Diane Gougeon

Mar 3 -

Opening: Mar 3, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

PFFUIT! is a dynamic installation of helium-filled balloons that will gradually yet randomly descend toward the ground over the course of the exhibition, creating a physical and symbolic experience of collapse. Printed around the circumference of each balloon is the John Maynard Keynes quote “In the long run, we are all dead.” The phrase highlights the conflict between the preference for immediate gains over future planning, as well as government intervention against free market policies. A smiley face emoticon signals the complex tones that this quote carries. While the words point towards our current economic situation, the balloons slowly deflate in a kind of death of their own. The installation, suggestive of air and atmosphere, also points to the implications of these attitudes on the natural climate.