This show, Peak Machine, seeks to establish an aesthetic of ethics that defines the word “tweemocore.” As in, a word that performs Twee as a prefix for childhood innocence, Emo as a root for intelligent, sad awareness, and Core as a suffix for a belief system of mutually positive routine actions. Tweemocore perpetuates peacetime cultural growth as an antidote to annihilation. Tweemocore would have us remain anti-war, anti-corporationist, pro-human, pro-garden, radically self accepting, repeating over and over, “paradise possible, assembly required” & “No war, die trying.” Gil Riley’s approach to object making has been heavily influenced by the 21st century philosophy, Object Oriented Ontology, the 20th century philosophy of Logical Behaviorism, in addition to Claude Levi-Strauss’ Structural Anthropology and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic shamanism. Each school of thought observes and respects concepts to be objects, unto themselves, through operation of influence in spacetime. Here, a concept operates, of it’s own accord. Tweemocore exists as behavior with artifacts, evidenced by the objects on display in Peak Machine. Meditative play is encouraged in this Millenial, intersectional, Constructivist assembly. An upwards-forwards, positive momentum of world creation and narrative expansion is attempted despite the awareness of a hegemonic surveillance empire, perpetual war, and the endemic complicity of living in the Anthropocene. The surfaces are full of colorful, soft geometry, symmetrical until its not anymore. Text and image float amidst the general shape of progress, centerlines and directionals that could be bridges or mountains. Peak Machine offers attendees a space protected from cynicism to envision for themselves an ideal future. Gil Riley (b.1987) is an artist and writer living and working in NYC. She received her BFA from State University of New York at Purchase College in painting and printmaking and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in fine art painting. In 2016 she had her first solo exhibition at Julius Caesar Chicago, and published Liontamer’s Paradise with American Typewriter Press. She has since shown in Brooklyn with Unisex Salon, Zrobili Projects, and Underdonk Gallery.