Why must the elementary requests of contemporary life involve such increasingly abrasive levels of access? There is fear at every turn. The infrastructure of civilization has created a dependency on flashing lights, words on metal, and intercoms to tell us how to live safely, how to not ‘get hurt’ or interfere. “This is for your own good.”

Jesse Hlebo’s solo exhibition at Family, "Gewalt" — a German word meaning both “violence” and “authority” or “established power” — is an investigation into the media utilized within contemporary systemic authorities and the subsequent violence that exists. Hlebo creates sculptures, prints, and videos utilizing propaganda culled from various sources: The New York Times, the NYPD, and an array of radical/conservative ideological texts.

An accompanying booklet containing a selection of images from the exhibition and an article written by Hlebo will be available exclusively at Family in an edition of 75.

On view through April 15th, 2013.

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