Technology has become an extension of ourselves, and as the limit between man and machine shifts, we must ask ourselves: where will this limit be in the near and far future? What will the Man of tomorrow look like, and what ethical questions does this evolution raise?
On view: Oct 3-24.
Gallery hours: Thu-Fri 5-7pm, Sat 1-7pm, Sun 3-6pm.
Opening: Oct 3, 6-8pm,
with performances by American Laboratory and more.
Humans rely increasingly on machines and technology to live their daily lives – to communicate, to move, to eat, to explore, to cure themselves from illnesses and to enhance their bodies. Technology has become an extension of ourselves, and as the limit between man and machine shifts, we must ask ourselves: where will this limit be in the near and far future? What will the Man of tomorrow look like, and what ethical questions does this evolution raise? The nine artists showcased in TRANSMUTATION: The Future of Man tackle this issue from different angles.
Through his group of cloned and altered self-portraits, Yefeng Wang questions the possibility of human hybrids and of the definition of the Self in a mechanized future.
Jamie Levine creates modern-day chimeras, half human and half animal, playing with the ideas of scientific experiments and human identities.
Sara Sun ’s piece explores the journey of a dislocated and out of control astronaut unveiling the uncertainty and the paradoxical nature of truth in human experiences.
Suyeon Na’s portraits of delicate young girls juxtaposed with technological devices or images of booming cities confront us with the projection of desire for female bodies.
Also working on the notion of desire in a computer-processed world, the performance installation by American Laboratory presents us with two humans exchanging words of seduction but disconnected from the reality of human lust.
Stephanie Hafer and JJ Hill-Wood use online tools to translate English poetry into multiple languages, before converting the final “product” back into English, thus creating computerized poetry.
Jimmy Greenfield works on the notions of hybrid humanity, creating futuristic sculptures reminiscent of Huxley’s mass human production.
Anne Vieux’s video installation investigates the intersections between perception, psychedelia, and technology, where our brains and machines connect.
Finally, a striking piece by Sandra Cordero showcased in our window shows a life punctuated by the taking of pills to cure narcolepsy.
Sandra Cordero was born in 1980 and raised in Wisconsin. She received a BA in Animation from NYU and studied Studio Art at Hunter College. She works in both digital and traditional 2D media. She is a core member of The Sperm Whale collective, which creates interactive video installations and projections throughout the Northeast. Her work has been shown at the Queens Museum of Art, Clocktower Gallery, Flux Factory, the Dumbo Arts Festival, Google’s New York offices, and many other venues. www.sandracordero.com
Stephanie Hafer is a multi-media artist most interested in myth and storytelling. Her favorite mediums include writing and drawing with her non-dominant hand. JJ Hill-Wood is a New York-based street photographer and painter.stephaniehafer.com and jjhillwood.com
Jamie Levine is currently a second year MFA candidate at Montclair State University and just submitted her final thesis. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in textile design. Currently, she works in an interdisciplinary mode, her primary focus is sculpture / installation work. www.jamielevine.net
Kirin McCrory & Michael Stablein, Jr., Project Coordinators of the American Laboratory, develop works of experimental performance which question, fracture, and relish in modes of the USAmerican experience through a technical process of plagiarizing, pastiching, damaging and sometimes banishing linguistic communication through memory. americanlaboratory.org
Suyeon Na was born in Seoul, Korea. She now lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Recent solo exhibitions include Drifting in the City, Chashama 303 Gallery, New York, Counterpoint, Gallery LaMer, Seoul, Korea, Playing Alice, Mc Gallery, Seoul, Korea. Recent group shows include Historical Commentaries, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY, SCOPE New York, New York, NY, Stuck, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY, It came from Chashama, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY, Pink City Art Project, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India, Narratives of Line and Space, Maum Gallery, New York, NY. www.suyeonna.com
Sara Sun lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is predominantly video and sound, installation, digital image, and drawing. Sara received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Her recent one-person shows were “Chasing the Moon” at Sarah Lawrence College and a video and sound collaborative installation project at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn. Her group shows in 2013 includes Pierogi Gallery and AURORA New Media Art Festival in Dallas, TX. www.saracysun.com
Anne Vieux is living and working out of Brooklyn, NY. Anne received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012. She received a BFA in Painting and BA in Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work explores the junctions between perception, technology (screens & embodied experience), and abstract painting. Anne considers these relationships with the use of synthetic materials with an astute materiality, obsolete encoding material, video and light, and a painterly language. annevieux.com
Yefeng Wang is a Chinese contemporary artist working both in China and America, using medias among Experimental 3D, video installation, Performance in Virtual Environment, and Art Game. Yefeng has worked and exhibited in prestigious venues, including, Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Xuzhou Museum of Art, China, The Gene Siskle Film Center, Chicago. His most recent solo exhibition Impersonal was at HEREarts Center in New York, NY. www.wangyefeng.com