Baby Blue Gallery is pleased to present Disoriented Awareness an exhibition of works by Jan Brugger, Matt Mancini, and Alessandra Norman. Their pieces mix symbols, images, and references which are then embodied into various art-objects. Each artist employs an array of techniques that undercut perceptual stability and a fixed meaning. This is reflective of the current cultural moment where there is a growing consciousness of technology’s distortive influence and a social terrain that is becoming increasingly fractured. The materialization of this into art-objects and an exhibition allows for critical examination and recontextualizing of these themes.
Jan Brugger makes digital works, animations, and sculptural installations that test the screen’s influence on the human body and mind. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Wisconsin. Her work has recently shown at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI), Mana Contemporary (Chicago, IL and Jersey City, NJ), the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), Roman Susan (Chicago, IL), Aggregate Space Gallery (San Francisco, CA), and the Feminist Media Studio at Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Brugger was awarded fellowships and residencies at the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), the University of Chicago (IL), and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond).
Matt Mancini is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and educator born in Philadelphia, PA. He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where he is the director of the wood and metal facilities at the University of Illinois Chicago. He recently completed his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and holds a BFA from Rutgers University. He has recently shown at Peana Projects in Mexico, Little Berlin in Philadelphia, Casa Blanca in Puerto Rico, and Julius Caesar, LVL3, Chicago Artist Coalition, Heaven Gallery, and Roots and Culture in Chicago.
Alessandra Norman is a Chicago based artist working in print media and sculpture. She makes work that seeks to interrogate notions we hold across realities – cultural, linguistic, phenomenological. Alessandra is a co-founder of the collaborative art lab, Gesamtkunst Werkshop, and together with her partner maintains a collection of over 90 species of cacti and other xerophytic plants. She recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute with an MFA in Studio Art.