Series: Internet <-> Real Life

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IRL: Internet <-> Real Life: Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, 2013 & Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, 2014

In making this project, I wanted to make a kind of portrait of each artist showing work with me in this group show: Carla Gannis, Carol Salmanson, Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, Katarina Wong, and Laura Isaac. At the time I made these pieces, I knew the artists via social media, but had only subsequently met two “in real life”. The piece titled Pleasant Hill, CA, is named after my suburb town in the San Francisco Bay Area and it stands in for me. I sourced text from each artist’s personal Facebook page, looking for what seemed to capture the essences of the artists’ work that I had come to know. I used aluminum, silk tissue, pigmented wax, and wood to make my connection to them tangible. Through social media, a bridge of information spans the miles between us all, and the contrast of the physical distance and the electronic proximity fascinates me.

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