Mar 4th 2016

Slow Zoom

@ Fernwey

916 N Damen Avenue, Chicago IL

Opening Friday, March 4th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, April 3rd

Arianna Petrich – Rose Sexton – Hillary Wiedemann

…Culture is a kind of optical interference. It’s the lens that filters our experiences and dimensions of understanding. The instability of experience or inconsistency of perceived realities is hard to conceptualize, since perception is almost immeasurable. Both light and color are things that delineate perception, and they exist as symbiotic phenomena. Color is either a pigment or microscopic structural pattern, which can only be seen by interaction with light. Pigment is the existence of a chemical that light either absorbs or reflects. The green we see in plants comes from chlorophyll, which absorbs red and blue light, reflecting green back to our eyes. While the color of a Blue Morpho butterfly comes from nano-meter (one-billionth of a meter) size structural patterns in their wings, which reflects light that appears to be iridescent blue. Light is by definition energy- it is both a particle and a wave, and the physical world around us cannot exist without the interaction of light to create shape and form through our vision…

Read the full essay “What Can and Doesn’t Have to Be” by Amanda L. S. DeGidio here:

Arianna Petrich is an artist and designer currently based in Chicago. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Her work has recently been exhibited at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, the Mallers Building in Chicago, and Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, and featured in publications including the New York Times, Surface, Architectural Digest, and the Times of India.

Rose Sexton is a multimedia artist currently based in Minneapolis, MN. Her work applies architectural vernacular to material-heavy processes testing the fallibility of both physical and psychological boundaries. Drawing from an interest in the constant redefinition of our designed world, she seeks permanence by isolating walls from their intended function and grasping for the void within. Rose received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country including an upcoming solo show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She has also been the recipient of multiple Jerome Foundation grants.

Hillary Wiedemann is a Chicago based multi-media artist. Using glass, light, reflective/refractive materials, and audio, her work explores the subtle differences between passive and active states of perception, and the transformation of light into object and experience. She received an MFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts, and a BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design. She was a resident at ACRE in 2015, and is a current resident at Hatch Projects at the Chicago Artists Coalition. She has exhibited her work in the San Francisco Bay Area; Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn, NY: and Lommel, Belgium. Additionally, she has helped to organize a variety of exhibitions, recently serving as a Co-Director of the Royal NoneSuch Gallery in Oakland, CA.

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