Oct 29th 2022

Alexander Valentine: Dorsal/Wilder

@ Sonnenzimmer HQ

4045 N Rockwell St, Chicago IL 60618

Opening Saturday, October 29th, from 3PM - 7PM

On view through Saturday, November 12th

Sonnenzimmer, the Chicago-based graphic practice of Nick Butcher & Nadine Nakanishi, open up their studio to fellow abstractionist, Alexander Valentine, for a show of unique print works by the Hamden, CT based artist.

The exhibition features new works, a series of photo-based images screen-printed onto two sides of translucent media. For each work, Valentine draws from a personal photographic archive captured and collected over the past year near his home in Hamden, CT. Through processes of repetition, reversal, and rasterization, the bilateral prints extend and unsettle experiences of proximity and imminence into graphic spaces of interference and loss.

In Dorsal/Wilder, Valentine manipulates and unsettles a collection of personal photographs through experiments in rasterization and matrix variation. The resulting series of unique bilateral prints complicates and teases notions of exteriority, alignment, orientation, constancy and invariance often associated with printed media and the graphic image plane.

Related thoughts rattling and reappearing: Labor discrepancy between image capture and construction, intermittency and constance, Time sink/sync, Embarrassment, Gene shifting, Physical and optical straining, Transparency as conduit, Double sidedness as collapse/creation of interiority, Bisected geometries, Ascending/descending graphic motifs, Divergence and the creation of gaps, Distanciation and print media, Modulated frequency and time scales, Asynchrony, printmaking and illusions of presentness, Phases and movements in and out, Force on both sides, Pouncing (hole puncturing), Embracing vanishing, Dynamics of loss, Affects of directness and evasion, Silting, Particulate, Grain size.

Each work printing both sides of translucent paper.

[ ID: A printed work featuring photographic imagery of tree limbs intermingling with colorful stair-step motifs. ]

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