A ROSE IS A SCREEN IS A ROSE
Curated by Magali Duzant
May 11-June 30, 2018
Opening Reception Friday May 11, 6:30-8:00 pm
Free and Open to All
Pelham Art Center is pleased to present A Rose is a Screen is a Rose curated by Magali Duzant from May 11-June 30, 2018. Free opening reception Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:00 pm.
In a world in which nearly all sight is modified and mediated through a screen, how do artists both embrace and push back against this? This group exhibition explores artists’ responses to an ever consuming digital world, one that is reshaping the way we experience and comprehend our natural one. Art by: Richard Munaba, Sacha Vega, Roxana Azar and Paula Morales
The artists in this exhibition explore our changing relationship to the natural world via digital and analog technologies and techniques; recycling imagery, painting on images digitally, building physical structures, and augmenting reality. The artists reflect the deeply held pull of the digital - it is a platform, a tool, a foundation for each of these works.
Working off of Gertrude Stein’s line “a rose is a rose is a rose…” the screen becomes a literal and abstracted starting point; it is surface as well as a viewpoint, a frame and a construct, a boundary and an ever expanding platform. The works depict but also embody nature as we tweak and bend it to our will. As we unthinkingly mediate reality through Google images, phone photos and virtual reality technologies, these artists react with cheek and weariness to our current situation.
In A Rose Is a Screen Is a Rose, we encounter a conversation that sees the world for what it is: dazzling, alarming, changing, disappearing, being reborn, and nearly slipping out of our physical lives and purely into the visual.
Curator Magali Duzant is an interdisciplinary artist whose research-based practice investigates the poetics of perception, subjectivity of seeing, and the roles of technology and translation as mediators of lived experience.
About the artists:
Richard Munaba examines our addiction to digital screens and conjures immersive scenes with lush plants and explorable landscapes, making us aware of our real distance to nature.
Sacha Vega makes work that toys with the expectations of viewing photographic imagery as a way to address individual perception. She manipulates the beauty and light of space as a means to get one comfortable with wonder, as opposed to aggression, when questioning if what is in front of them is “true”.
Roxana Azar’s photographic work is Influenced by plant intelligence and communication, science fiction, anxiety, and floral design. The works imagine a sentient landscape thriving with plant-like beings.
Paula Morales questions the origin of the image, investigating the space between analog and digital worlds. The screen is both a key to understanding, and a creeping flattener of our Technicolor 3D world.