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ANDREW RAFACZ begins 2013 with Cern\, new works by Jeremy Bolen. This is the artist’s first solo exhibiti on with the gallery. It continues through Saturday\, March 30\, 2013.

In an effort to rethink documentary tendencies\, Jeremy Bolen emplo ys a series of site-specific\, experimental photographic techniques to expl ore the tensions between traditional representation and invisible phenomena . Bolen uses bodies of water\, soil\, unexposed film\, and self-designed mu lti-lens cameras as recording devices\, rethinking the apparatus for each s ite to capture events beyond human perception. He collaborates closely with scientists\, piggybacking on their experiments to record evidence of unkno wn and unresolved energy\, from forgotten natural disasters and particle ac celeration\, to the surface of the film. The film becomes a responsive memb rane leaving a documentary trace\, an ambient map\, a literal\, empirical i ndex that makes the unknown less abstract. The final images are re-immersed in the site material where they were conceived\, causing a tension between the real and the representational.

To create the work includ ed in this exhibition\, Bolen traveled to CERN in Geneva\, Switzerland to i nteract with the Large Hadron Collider\, which produces 600 million particl e collisions per second in an effort to recreate the conditions present jus t after the Big Bang. These “field recordings” ultimately investigate the c omplications that arise from these collisions and their relationship to nat urally occurring forces. New spaces evolve in each document as climate and human interaction shift and blur the system of materials. As Karin Knorr Ce tina wrote in Epistemic Cultures\, “in these experiments the universe of si gns and traces is overlaid by a universe of simulations and distortions of signs and traces.” For Bolen\, this is the way the practice of the photogra pher and the scientist are fundamentally connected. In the same way that th ings are disturbed when measured through scientific processes\, the very ac t of photography itself\, whether traditional or experimental\, adulterates its final results. It is this tension between the accuracy or inaccuracy o f capturing ephemeral phenomena and its potential representation as a visua l artifact that drives Bolen’s documents.

JEREMY BOLEN (Americ an\, b. 1977) lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from UIC in 2 012. He was included in GROUND FLOOR at the Hyde Park Art Center\, Chicago\ , in 2012 and exhibited at the UNITLED art fair in Miami\, December 2012\, with the gallery. He is included in numerous private collections as well as the Progressive collection. A catalog with images and an essay by Monica W estin accompanies the exhibition.

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