Oct 18th 2009

Dagmar Varady: Redden and Time Trauma Drama and Rhyme

@ devening projects + editions

3039 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening Sunday, October 18th, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Tuesday, December 1st

devening projects + editions is very pleased to present Redden, a new project by Dagmar Varady. Based in Leipzig-Halle, Dagmar Varady belongs to a generation of artists working intensely on the borderline between art and science. Questioning how artistic modes of perception or expression gain importance to scientific disciplines and vice versa, she minimizes the differences or boundaries between these fields of study by renegotiating the values applied to each. The result is a sense of redirected interpretation and experience. Redden, a new project made up of approximately 50 exquisitely drafted, red ink drawings on vellum, features images extracted from media sources and culturally iconic subjects. The work is installed in a continuous line designed to suggest a syntaxical narrative reflecting cultural and historical evolution.

Redden at d p + e will be accompanied by a 48 page catalog featuring work from the exhibition and essays by Horst Bredekamp, Manon Bursian and Marc Ries.

Time Trauma Drama and Rhyme is a group show organized by Jason Pickleman that presents visual and literal meditations on the nature and human experience of Time. As a rumination on our relationship to temporal experience, the exhibition brings together artists working in a variety of mediums, along with a group of objects that express time in a very explicit way. Can we really grasp the nature of 30,000 years ago? What about one million or four billion years ago? What about the spaces between the second hands on the clock; those small gaps that masquerade as PAUSE? This show considers these questions through the works of Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jin Lee, Jared Madere, Casey Ann Wasniewski, Chris Altschuler, and the focus of the exhibition, five geological samples on loan from University of Colorado, Boulder geologist Stephen Mojzsis. Featured on raised pedestals in the center of the gallery, the rocks present examples of mind-bending proportion: the oldest rock in the solar system-a piece of “space rock” (4.567 billion years old), microdiamonds extracted from a meteorite whose date pre-dates the sun, and a sample of the world’s oldest micro-fossil.

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