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Frozen Smoke

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Opening Friday, May 8th, 6pm-9pm, Through June 6th
"Frozen Smoke" new work by Sabine Gruffat and Vanesa Zendejas
Roots & Culture
1034 N Milwaukee Ave.

In her Video Animations, Sabine Gruffat experiments with live-rendered computer animation and unexpectedly combines it with analog signal processes dating back to early video art techniques. The CRT Tower is a multi-channel two-person video game for an abandoned generation of players battling within the abstract electronic language of electronic signals towards an untenable future.

"I find myself occupied by the specific methods and qualities inherent in making work implicating computer processes… the ability to combine real life data into bytes of programmable video, audio, and text objects… Using these tools the digital data is seamlessly integrated and communicated into the physical and material “real” world in realtime. This has compelled me to work within a set of procedures involving technological feedback, immersive installation, the awkwardness of live performance, the digital repetitive clockwork of computer programming, and the unpredictable and irreproducible quirks of analog technology."

Vanesa Zendejas will exhibit a suite of new paintings and drawings that "collect and redistribute patterns and textures". Utilizing a range of media in ink, paint, collaged elements such as wallpaper, and relief elements such as pipe cleaners, her work combines patterning to create an illusionary space.

"The relationships between these elements present more ways of seeing than what we most commonly encounter…As my sources continue to spread I am able to develop a richer visual language, full of references to several different approaches to the picture plane. These sources include both early eastern and western imagery such as Pre-Columbian and Gothic, craft oriented ephemera, Modernism, cartography, geometry, and of course contemporary work"

Beer donated by Grolsch

Programming at Roots & Culture is partially funded by The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation and The Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency

Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center
1034 n Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
hours: Thurs. & Fri 4p-7p, Sat 12p-6p