A Cast of Something Else investigates the omnipresent permeation of technology in everyday life, specifically the absurdities and idiosyncrasies encountered in negotiating with our deepening digital presence. Work by Bea Fremderman, Geoffery Pugen, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Josh Reames explore spatial paradigms, representation & materiality in coexisting physical/digital environments through sculpture, animation, painting & photography.
Cognizant of the perpetual mini phenomena we experience day-to-day , each piece embraces contemporary progressions within our virtual worlds, both physical and emotional, and how these technological spaces are influential to the inherent transformation of production and consumption, evoking a subtle sense of détournement within the process and final artifact.
Born in Kishinov, Moldova, Bea Fremderman finished her studies at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2012 where she presently lives and produces. Her current research interests are American corporate office design, Franz Kafka, bureaucratic systems or structures, Memphis Design and false notions of freedom.
Working with video, film, performance, and photography in the digital realm, Pugen explores alternate realities through simulating and re-contextualizing media histories. With theatrical absurdity, Pugen examines relationships between real and staged performance, the natural and the artificial, and tensions of virtual identity. Through altering and manipulating images, Pugen renders situations that question our perceptions of how history, documentation, and simulation intersect.
A recent MFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Josh Reames explores the potentially spontaneous mark making capabilities of painting, and the inherent qualities of paint as a medium to produce a visual language that depicts a personal, fragmented delineation of the spiritual world. His work has recently been included in exhibitions at Meulensteen (NYC), Dittrich & Schlechtreim (Berlin), the Green Gallery (Milwaukee), and the Hyde Park Art Center (Hyde Park).
TIBI TIBI NEUSPIEL
Tibi Tibi Neuspiel works in a diverse range of media including sculpture, performance, digital imaging and video. Best known for his deft use of pigmented wax as medium for his wryly humourous sculptures, he mines the banal for the prophetic and haunting. Neuspiel has exhibited his work and been featured in publications throughout North America and Europe, including at Art Basel and the NY Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1.