Du 06-05-2013 au 02-06-2013
Curated by Dave Tolchinsky & Debra Tolchinsky
Awakening from a deep sleep and the dream begins to fade. Trying to hang onto a particular image, an evaporating face. A face that belonged to a person whom the dreamer loved. The person has passed. What remains? Dust and bone and something even less tangible . . . absence.
The initial concept for our exhibition came about from such a dream and the ensuing awareness that an absence of anything-a person, an action, an idea-often affects us more acutely than that which may be concretely present.
Gathering work for the show, we found ourselves attracted to artists who explore the tension between that which is and that which is not in a variety of media and from a multitude of perspectives.
For example, with Robert Chase Heishman and Brendan Mearas video, we consider what it means to confront an endless fuse. How keenly we await an explosion that will never come. And the longer the fuse is lit, the more palpable the ghostly ka-boom.
In contrast, Christopher P. Bakers immersive video installation bombards us with thousands of YouTube users simultaneously introducing themselves to the world. We ask: What does it mean to announce oneself if no one can hear because of the cacophony of announcements?
Hairpin Arts Center
2800 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (IL 606)