Back in the archives of shows seen, but not covered in their time – Memories of Earth was a multi-sensory immersive exhibition by trio BAGBAYSHA (Chris Bagley, Koko Bayer, and Thomas Scharfenberg) on view at Leon Gallery October 6 – November 10, 2018.
As with other installations by the team, the show was a dreamy blend of bold graphics, wheatpastes, found objects, sound collage, and psychedelic lighting. Fresh popcorn popped and rained from above, in a surreal scene with the image of a warm sunset in the background. Paint-splattered artifacts were found throughout the space, and visitors were invited to bring small mementos to trade. In all, warm and peculiar sensory experiences that encouraged a shared sense of humanity.
As with previous installations, though, Memories of Earth is based on darker context. In Plastic Water (at Alto Gallery and MegaFauna), BAGBAYSHA brought attention to the alarming amount of plastic waste building up in our oceans. Memories in turn seemed to imply a post-nuclear wasteland and the objects left of humankind’s time on Earth. Never a group to go full doom-and-gloom, though, BAGBAYSHA balanced the heavy stuff with the light and fluffy, creating a bittersweet, but memorable experience.