As creative devices, humor and play have the power to both soothe and subvert. When juxtaposed with serious themes in art, humor and play may create cognitive dissonance in the viewer where, amidst their internal conflict, viewers can often laugh at their own discomfort. Henri Bergson noted in “Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic,” there is an “…absence of feeling which usually accompanies laughter.” This absence creates a space for viewers to unpack the deeper conceptual underpinnings of the work.
Sunday, September 1, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, October 31, 2019 (All day)
RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE re- considers your nightmares; re- examines your daydreams; re- contextualizes pre-existing (video art? videotaped performance work? found footage?) through re- presenting, re- editing, re -mixing. Featuring works that re- search, re- consider, re- examine, re- contextualize nightmares, daydreams, flying-fancies, hyper-realities. Also included: live re- mixing pre- existing work with new live footage to re- consider it in under the cold, hard, clinical (or soft warm fuzzy *wicked grin ) light of the telematic screen.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, December 31, 2016 (All day)
Local artist Tommy Becker is a poet/musician trapped in a camcorder. His never-ending saga, TAPE NUMBER ONE, blends poetics, performance, costuming, found footage, and hand-made props, creating pop songs that wrap subtle menace with humor.
Were the Eye Not Sunlike Curated by Third Object - an exhibition in two parts
Digitally: ACRE TV, acretv.org (April 1 - May 31) Physically: Fernwey Gallery (April 3 - April 26) Opening Reception: Fernwey Gallery, April 3, 2015, 6-9pm
Inspired by the long dark winters of Chicago, this exhibition focuses on the Sun at a time when it is missed the most, moments before springtime. As an object that is both illuminating and unseeable, the experience of the Sun is dominated by metaphor and myth. Were the Eye Not Sunlike channels the mythologization of the Sun and our relationship to its immeasurable power.
Beginning on April 1, a three-part video program will unfold on the artist-made live streaming platform ACRE TV. The program begins with Sunrise and its thematic associations of stillness, repetition, ritual, crispness and intimacy. Reflecting the course of the earth-bound day, the following program, High Noon, tracks the warmth and optical energy of a bright, full sky. Sunset, the final chapter, evokes impending darkness, melancholy, loss and reflection. The ACRE TV program includes work by sixty-two artists from around the world and will run for two months.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, May 31, 2015 (All day)