'ChimaTEK Beta Launch' by Saya Woolfalk will demonstrate the corporation's production and marketing techniques through a combination of digital and interactive video and sculpture. Vandana Jain continues her exploration of dazzle camouflage applied to corporate logos.
ChimaTEK Beta Launch
“ChimaTEK Beta Launch” is the historic launch of ChimaTEK, a corporation owned by the Empathics. The Empathics are a fictional community of women I have been exploring for the past 7 years of my practice. The Empathics blend racial and ethnic identities as they transform, taking on characteristics of humans and plants. Through their non-profit research society, the Institute of Empathy, the Empathics study the condition of their hybridity and actively manipulate their genetic information. ChimaTEK’s patented technology makes Empathic interspecies and intersubjective hybridization available for purchase. The exhibition will demonstrate the corporation’s production and marketing techniques through a combination of digital and interactive video and sculpture. Saisha Grayson, assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, has helped generate the corporation's advertising copy, which will be available at the exhibition and is excerpted below:
When used as a comprehensive system for self-transformation, ChimaTEK technologies offer clients access to a chimeric virtual existence. Users can choose, manipulate and enhance identity components and inhabit various combinations of cognitive, cultural consciousness mapping. Exploding physical limits, blurring psycho-cultural boundaries, ChimaTEK’s tools prepare individuals and organizations to more empathetically engage with the post-humanist, hybridized populace of our networked, globalized age.”
Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09; and has been written about in the New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, Artforum, Artforum.com, ARTNews, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21’s blog. Her first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in the Fall of 2012. She is currently working on solo shows for the Chrysler Museum of Art (fall 2014) and Smack Mellon (fall 2014). She will also stage a performance this summer at the Asian Art Museum, CA while she is an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for Contemporary Art.
“Dazzle” is a wall-based tape installation executed in the style of WWI naval camouflage. To confuse the enemy's attempts to determine the size, speed, and direction of a ship, it was painted in intersecting graphic patterns, often in bold colors. WIth the invention of sonar, such visual based camouflage fell into disuse.
For my installation at Smack Mellon, I am continuing my exploration of dazzle camouflage applied to corporate logos. The four new works are greater in both scale and complexity, covering the entire gallery in brightly colored tape laid out in an array of disorienting patterns that obscure and delineate the graphic symbols. The logos are chosen for their reliance on a generic, almost pictographic language. Even though some of these logos are easily recognizable, and the styles range from minimalist to folksy they all share an aesthetic that speaks to a language beyond the individual brands."
Vandana Jain is a visual artist and textile designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Through various media including installation, sculpture and embroidery, she recontextualizes the rich visual symbolic language surrounding us to comment on capitalism, globalization and consumerism. Jain has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including: Momenta, NY; The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; Koffler Center; Toronto; Grey Noise Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan; and With Space, Beijing, China. Additionally, Jain has had several solo projects and exhibitions to date, most recently at Lakeeren Gallery in Mumbai, India, Station Independent Projects in the Lower EastSide in NY, and at BRIC House in Brooklyn. NY. She has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships including the Emerging Artist?s Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, and most recently, the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. She is an active member of the Visual Arts Collective at ABC No Rio, an alternative community arts center on the Lower East Side. Since 2003, she has been a founding member of artcodex, an artist collective fostering artistic community through travel, humor and politics.
Reception: Saturday, September 27, 5-8pm
92 Plymouth Street @ Washington - Brooklyn, NY 11201
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