Sep 9th 2011

Jacob C. Hammes & Lisa Rybovich-Crallé

@ Roots & Culture

1034 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago IL

Opening Friday, September 9th, from 7PM - 9PM

On view through Monday, October 10th

Jacob C Hammes’ work is an exploration of the physical and psychological conditions relating to the experience of space and sensory perception, especially within contradictions of nature and artifice. Primarily using sculpture, digital media, and hypnosis, Hammes attempts to reveal the struggle to connect with our own animal identity and the ideologies used to understand it. Hammes’ new work for this exhibition features a wide range of images and objects that signal his interest in transforming materials and creating pseudo-poetic dualities between ideas. The positioning of these objects is an important way of making these relationships happen.

The ornate yet crudely made paper sculptures that comprise Lisa Rybovich Crallé’s new series, “In Play” function as a mock-museum encompassing pseudo-classical “statues” resting on pastel colored poster-board pedestals. The resulting environment is reminiscent of an amateur stage-set for a play that takes place at a demented simulacrum of a museum. This makeshift museum is littered with simplified papier maché tools of museological upkeep (broom, extension cord, cleaning supplies, etc.), creating a bizarre atmosphere of heightened artifice.

Jacob C Hammes is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago. Hammes has exhibited and performed throughout the US and internationally, most recently at the Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Auckland, NZ. Hammes’ work and various projects have been reviewed in publications such as Art Papers, Proximity Magazine, and the Leonardo Music journal. This is his first exhibition at Roots & Culture.

Lisa Rybovich Crallé lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her MFA from the University of California, Davis. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad, including exhibitions at The Lab (San Francisco, CA), Proof Gallery (Boston, MA), Royal Nonesuch (Oakland, CA), G126 (Galway, IRE), as well as this year’s Bay Area Currents exhibition (Oakland, CA). Lisa is currently an Artist in Residence at the People’s Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and she is the 2011 recipient of the Robert Arneson Award. This exhibition is Rybovich Crallé’s second at Roots & Culture.

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