Location: Nashville, TN, United States
Completion date: 2021
Pam Marlene Taylor
Red Arrow Gallery
A solo exhibition for Red Arrow Gallery called CAPTCHA. Exhibited a year into the Pandemic, this exhibition was meant to reflect on living virtually, and what was learned during that time.
(Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart)
After a year lived virtually, I’ve become intimately familiar with captcha. Checking boxes? Writing out what letters and numbers I see? Selecting all the photos with street lights? Challenge accepted! I am not a robot.
Growing up, my parents had a secret signal they would give each other to prove they were human, rather than a robot or alien pretending to be them. Now, my partner and I have a similar arrangement, a sign only we know and use to test if each other is still who we say we are; an in-person, real-world, captcha.
This exhibition explores other real-world captchas, out there waiting for us, to test for our humanity.
Crafted for a commercial gallery, this exhibition aimed to strike a balance between conceptual intrigue and artistic challenge, all the while ensuring that the created works remained commercially viable for potential sales.
In close collaboration with the Gallery Owner and Director, we engaged in multiple studio visits to deliberate and fine-tune the themes and selection of works for this exhibition. The installation process was led by myself with the support of an art handler provided by the gallery. The overall design of the exhibition was my own creative vision.