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Opening reception: Friday October 18th, 5-7pm
This October will mark the fifth year of CRUXspace being in operation. For this significant milestone, they wanted to present something that was a departure from their previous approaches to digital media exhibits. As with many “new media” galleries, a term which is becoming more complicated as they continue to examine technology, they have been looking forward and not always back. CRUXspace thought it might be interesting to take an approach that employed technology and practices that pre-dated the term new media. After some contemplation, they decided textiles and fabric might be an interesting way to explore this and in doing so, return to roots as technologists, machinists, and creators.
As they culled through their arsenal of previous shows since 2014, they found that they had only touched upon this in a limited manner and never as the sole focus. Teaming up with an artist that knew this medium was imperative, so CRUXspace brought on Kate Garman as a co-curator, a Philly based fabric and textile designer. The result of this exploration is what you see before you. All of these artists approach their work from either a conceptual or formal practice that uses digital media in some way, and of course there are ample overlaps between the two. The most interesting part of this work is that there is a fluidity between what is perceived as physical and virtual within all of these pieces. We start to see that the physical can embody the virtual and vice versa.
Emily Blei Hracho uses online pornography to inform her opulently textural pieces, trying to evoke what the phrases she pulls from these video titles would feel like if they were an object. Kelly Kuykendall uses physical spaces to digitally map out and present her “Veneers” project. Madelyn Snow uses digital embroidery to create soft wall topography that looks both pliant and unrelenting at the same time in all its textures and detail. Allison Frick uses a laser cutter to carve and etch sayings and patterns into delicate material, showing a strong yet soft perspective in both form and content.