Jul 15th 2011

Keepin’ it Real

@ HungryMan Gallery

2135 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Friday, July 15th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, August 21st

Featuring the work of Petra Cortright, Tom Dryjanski, Derek Frech, Aaron Graham and Mac Katter.

With the internet and digital media gaining increasing influence on the current generation of young artists, more works tend to have some representation in cyberspace as intangible objects. Some art today can only be accessed in a digital format. Additionally, those pieces with actual physicality are usually fabricated or manipulated in this new medium at some point in their construction. The internet is used as a tool to appropriate material for use in painting and photography—not to recycle, but to reference. Young artists can now critique the experience of making work from within the context of art history while stumbling through our present and increasingly digital art movement. However, using the web as source material complicates ownership. Does intellectual property still exist in the way artists operate today?

The relevancy of internet context within a physical exhibition is a new challenge for our generation of art makers and curators. Keepin’ it Real examines the possibilities and difficulties presented by work that exists in dual realms, the physical and the digital, as well as the opportunities and limitations of a curatorial process entirely reliant on e-mail, chat, and internet surfing.

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