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Chicago

Roots & Culture

Exhibition Detail
Fractal Semblance
1034 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622


January 18th, 2013 - February 16th, 2013
Opening: 
January 25th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Alignment, Jessica LabatteJessica Labatte, The Alignment,
2010, archival inkjet print,, frame 60 x 80 inches
© Courtesy of the artist and Roots & Culture
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.rootsandculturecac.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
West Loop/West Town
EMAIL:  
rootsandc@gmail.com
PHONE:  
773-235-8874
OPEN HOURS:  
THURS 4-7 FRI 4-7 SAT 12-6 or by appointment
TAGS:  
conceptual, installation, mixed-media, photography, abstract
> DESCRIPTION

In this moment of early 21st century American conceptual photography, illusionistic space is being redefined. By employing sculptural and optical illusionary techniques, a two-dimensional plane is achieved from the arrangement of three-dimensional objects. This contemporary photographic trend is explored through the reformulation of tropes and regressive framing devices oft times discussed through the vocabulary of painting. Returning to formal means to combat the figure-ground such as pattern, color fields, and frames within a frame, these photographers ruminate on the still-life tradition.  

By abstracting the image and eschewing depth of field, the compositions deny a feeling of three-dimensionality. This fractal, surrealist and syntactical combination of images within images is representative of past motifs, yet abstract and contemporary. The effect, a mise-en-abime, as if one was peering into an infinite hall of mirrors.


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