Einar and Jamex de la Torre | Midday Devil
Closing Reception: August 12, 6-8 PM
Midday Devil references the “noon-day demon,” believed by Christian monastics to be active at the hottest point of the day. This personification of the sin of sloth inclines one to restlessness, discouragement, and neglect of one’s duties when they are at their most vulnerable. In this context, the de la Torre brothers challenge the prevailing doctrine that nonstop labor provides salvation and quantitative value to the worker, acknowledging that often those who do the most physically taxing labor are also those granted the least rights and respect. They consider the virtues of idleness and leisure, particularly relevant now as more work turns towards automation and artificial intelligence.