Craig Dorety featuring a collaboration with Jim Campbell
Show Runs April 19 - June 14, 2014
Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-8pm
In a time when technology so often distracts and displaces, Craig Dorety's work uses pixels, LEDs, digital images and filters to stimulate focused reverie. In Division, his new exhibition at Johansson Projects, Dorety's meditative sculptures use vibrant, animated gradients of light to extract movement from the static, bringing the viewer face-to-face with the limitations of perception. Through its creation of illusory depths, the work is often hypnotic, suspending the senses between voids in surfaces while employing minimal forms to achieve maximum effects. The exhibition also features a new collaborative installation with the iconic LED artist Jim Campbell, whose work Dorety first encountered at age 19, whilst working with another artist at the San Jose Museum of Art. This exciting cross-pollination of new media arts fuses Dorety's emphasis on color and neurological response with Campbell's dreamily abstracted explorations of technology, memory and moving images. Working together, Campbell and Dorety interface the abstract and the discernible in a piece that features twelve shining boxes containing pixels filtered onto the wall. In Division, Dorety's individual compositions act as frameworks for these inventive engagements with light and color.
Craig Dorety was born in Oakland and works in San Francisco. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Davis. He has exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; is the Summer 2014 artist-in-residence at the Instructables/Autodesk AIR program at Pier 9, also in San Francisco; and was the 2013 award recipient from The California Foundation of the Advancement of the Electronic Arts. He works as a design engineer with artist Jim Campbell.