Apr 24th 2010

Transitions and Translations

@ Concertina Gallery

2351 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Saturday, April 24th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, May 2nd

A group exhibition that brings together visual representations of written thesis work by seven graduate students from the Visual Critical Studies department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While each pursue disparate topics in their individual research, all hunt for solutions in how to visually represent abstract theoretical concepts and arguments as a way of interpreting their meaning. What their visual work brings to the fore is the subtle importance all those little things, the details of our culture, that form the groundwork of a collective visual experience. These seven artist-scholars use their interdisciplinary methods as a means to understand and critique the inevitable shifting transitions and translations of a multivalent contemporary visual culture.

Amanda Brinkman builds a shrine with items and ephemera that document a site of performance, as a way of critically positioning tourism as modern pilgrimage. Maureen A. Burns uses the Concertina stairwell to consider the difficulty of nomadic practices as a form. Joel Kuennen explores the constitution of Western subjectivity and seeing through spatial representation with a video installation. Susan Morelock creates photographs that challenge the contemporary viewing experience in a moment of incredibly technological flux. Jorge Mujica, playing with the combination of materials, found objects, and light, experiments with formal ideas of color and space as perceptive functions. Benjamin Pearson aestheticizes the accelerated decay of an aging video archive in order to bring forth a fluid revisualization of history and cultural narrative. Brian Wallace’s self-published chapbook deals with maleness and pop-mysticism, and the work is supplemented in the gallery with wall text.

Curated by Joe Iverson.

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