Blind Progress
Ramon Riley, 2017
Laser Cut Collage, Pigment on Paper, Oil Paint, Graphite
60” x 48” x 2”

“I see the erecting of these generic structures as a symbol of our complicit culture that places little demand on people of opportunity to serve us better.”
—-Ramon Riley

Taking its title from the John Muir Quote, “Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress...” Riley intentionally references the architectural renderings that have become precursors to the displacement of the people who are systematically marginalized.  While Jamil’s Global Village, which has served those very people, stands defiantly, it is facing a similar fate to be displaced by “new construction” through inflated rent.  Here, Riley’s natural instinct to create his perception of aesthetic beauty is in conflict.