by Jonathan Talbot

Can we face our technological future without dreams? I think not. But the old ideals will no longer serve.

I believe that the arts will continue to provide us with new insights into the human condition. As they have in the past, these insights will enable us to meet the challenges of the future. Yet at present our national consciousness wanders in a no-man's land.

Guided by outdated traditions perpetuated by our own wishful thinking, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the complex technology which surrounds us. The pastoral dream we have inherited can no longer shelter us in a world where the unwelcome predictions of Malthus, Huxley, and Orwell threaten to become real.

We must bring together high-tech reality and pastoral ideal and form a new foundation for our aspirations. We must find new paths through the increasingly complex mazes which are the results of advancing technology. We must imagine new freedoms in response to new constraints and new hopes in response to new fears. We must weave the threads of the past into new patterns for the fabric of the future. We must create new dreams.

Jonathan Talbot, 1996

Jonathan Talbot was educated at Brandeis University, The New School, and The San Francisco Academy of Art. His work has been exhibited at The National Academy and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has represented the U.S. overseas in exhibitions sponsored by the State Department and the Smithsonian Institution. Talbot's works include oils, watercolors, etchings, collages, and multi-dimensional collage-constructions. Among the public collections holding Talbot works are The Newark Museum, The Smith College Museum, The Everhart Museum, The Byer Museum, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The San Francisco Academy of Art, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Provincetown Historical Society, and the Toronto Central Library. Talbot maintains his studio in Warwick, NY where he lives with his wife Marsha. They are the parents of two children: a daughter, Loren, and a son, Garret.

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