709b @ I-House
Exhibition closed: October 31, 2009
TangenT is a collaborative dedicated to mixed-media, project-based, immersive art environments exploring socially relevant and politically current themes. TangenT is comprised of artists William Cromar, Yvonne Love, and Gabrielle Russomagno.
709b is a diptych video that takes the viewer on a virtual video voyeur voyage. Originally presented as two simultaneous projections for a DesignPhiladelphia event in Rittenhouse Square during October 2009, the footage has been expanded and sound has been added. It is an artwork that explores identity and place as well as the private and public expressions of daily life. The mask we wear and the identities we project to others are not the ones we use when we think we’re not being seen… an idealization of a more messy reality, not unlike map-making generally. Map-making’s most modern iterations, Google Maps and Google Earth, become for us a metaphor for this human proclivity.
The soundtrack features guitar work by Mike Brenner and public domain found sound, including human body sounds from FindSounds, as well as recordings of so-called “number stations” purportedly used by spy organizations for one-way, coded communication. Tracks of the numbers stations have been compiled at The Conet Project. 709b also stars performance artists Joel Richard Gori (Google Man) and Sasha Tomato (Fire Juggler). Students at Penn State Abington Art Program are assisting with the creation of the Rittenhouse Carpet.
Gabrielle Russomagno received her MFA in photography from Yale University in 1989. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1985. Her work is included in many permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She chairs the Visual Arts Department at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington and is a visiting artist at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.
Yvonne Love received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. A sculptor and installation artist, she exhibits her work nationally and is represented by Sidetracks Gallery in New Hope, PA. Dedicated to arts and arts education, Love founded an art school for visual and performing arts in New Hope, PA and a non- profit regional artist in residence program. She is a senior lecturer at Penn State Abington College.
William Cromar received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He is an architect, animator and musician who has exhibited his work nationwide since 1983. The recipient of a Silver Medal at the 1983 International Biennial of Architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge Exhibition and was a finalist for the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. He currently teaches at Penn State Abington College.
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