AMPLIFYING THE TWILIGHT
Amplifying the Twilight investigates the gray area between the rationality of hard science and the speculative intuition of culture. Works by Shashana Chittle, David Coyle, Ryan Fenchel, Sayre Gomez, and Alison Ruttan bridge the horizons between the futurism of technology and exploratory alchemical practices. Responding to Arthur C. Clarke's maxim that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - the works examine the role of science in human life, inquiring how science shapes our understanding of the world, from metaphysics and spirituality to politics and ethics.
The drawing practice of Shashana Chittle methodically archives her experience awakening each morning, capturing her fleeting visual perceptions. David Coyle's video triptych reinterprets the speculations of science fiction as a form of personal horror. The intuition-driven collages of Ryan Fenchel draw from the subjects of freemasonry, Egyptology, and other esoteric studies. Sayre Gomez records how the alchemical transformation of energy has become a pedestrian, invisible part of our visual lives. The photographic clusters of Alison Ruttan parallel the behavior of primates and humans in humorous and embarrassing dialogs.
Brian Andrews is an artist and critic in San Francisco.
Marc LeBlanc is a curator and writer in Berlin.
In the past the two have worked together on writing reviews for San Francisco's Shotgun-review.com and conducting interviews for the Chicago-based contemporary art podcast, Bad at Sports; this is their first collaboratively curated exhibition.