For our inaugural project space exhibition, we are pleased to present Platonic Year, a focused suite of aluminized prints from Alex Chitty. Riding the edge between photography and new media, Chitty’s work departs from the physically absent processes of most digitally generated work in that the artist’s hand and touch are directly visible. The undulations and abstractions derive from the gestures that the artist makes while using a portable scanner to capture images from her surroundings. By using a unique printing process to achieve a hyper glossy surface (resembling the artist’s laptop computer screen), Chitty calls attention to the complicated relationship between virtual processes and her vested interest in tangible, material practices.
Alex Chitty currently lives and works in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. from Smith College, MA. She is a 2012 & 2011 recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Artist Project Grant, a 2008 recipient of the SAIC MFA Fellowship award and the Fred A. Hillbruner Artists’ Book Fellowship and a 2007 recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship program. She has shown her work with Alderman Exhibitions; Bourouri Gallery, Berlin; Corbett vs. Dempsey; The Chicago Cultural Center; the Kyung In Museum of Fine Art in Seoul, Korea, and The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.
This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Image: Alex Chitty, Platonic Year (3), 2012, aluminized print, 20 x 16 inches.