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Hi Res: Hilary Pecis, Claudia Hart, Clement Valla and Erik Berglin
March 21, 2014 - April 26, 2014
PLUG Projects’ upcoming exhibition, Hi Res, embraces the pleasures of a new imaginary made possible through digital processes. The artists in this exhibition, Hilary Pecis, Claudia Hart, and collaborative duo Clement Valla and Erik Berglin, use photography as a point of reference, leaping off and generating a new experience with one foot in reality and one in fantasy. The work in the show uses technology to question the changing notions of the real and its relationship to the creation and consumption of images. This work plays with the deceptive possibilities of contemporary image cultures and our increasing ability to manipulate the visual world.
In conjunction with Hi Res, we invited a Kansas City artist Justin Beachler to curate/create a Tumblr feed which will be evolving during the course of the exhibition. From Justin, regarding the project… “…Imagining both the Internet itself as a complex magickal/fantastical system and computer code as an underlying magickal language-which, in itself, wields the power to mold the alternate reality (digital world) in which it resides.” #moldingreality#andthewordwasgod#alteredworld#secondlife
About the artists:
Hilary Pecis received both her BFA and MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited her work across the US and Europe, at such galleries as Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY, Halsey Mckay in East Hampton, samsøn projects, Boston, Guerrero Gallery and Catherine Clark Galleries in San Francisco, and Galleria Glance in Turin Italy. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, and the Huffington Post. She lives and works in San Francisco.http://www.hilarypecis.com/
Claudia Hart is represented by Bitforms Gallery in New York and she is a former ID Magazine and Artforum editor. Currently, she serves as Associate Professor in the department of Film Video New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At SAIC, she developed a special program,Experimental 3D, in which she developed new pedagogical structures for teaching computer animation in the context of the avant-garde and experimental film. http://www.claudiahart.com/
Erik Berglin is a Swedish artist with an MFA from the University of Photography in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2010. His practice spans from interventions in urban environments to fact/fictional storytelling about forgotten stories to appropriation of images found online. Recent works explore the possibilities to generate images with the help of computer algorithms. His work has been shown in Berlin, Tirana, Poznan, Dublin, Buenos Aires, Reykjavik, Toronto, New York and widely around Sweden and can be found in the collections of various Swedish institutions. He was recently published in Dazed & Confused, Paletten Art Journal, Hyperallergic and in Art and Theory’s new book about Contemporary Swedish Photography. http://www.erikberglin.com/
Clement Valla is a Brooklyn-based artist. His recent solo show Iconoclashes was exhibited at Mulherin + Pollard Projects in New York, and his work was included in the Paddles On! auction at Phillips, organized by Lindsay Howard. His work has also been exhibited at The Indianapoilis Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Thommassen Galleri, Gothenburg; Bitforms Gallery, New York; DAAP Galleries, University of Cincinnati; 319 Scholes, New York; and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee. His work has been cited in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, El Pais, Huffington Post, Rhizome, Domus, Wired, The Brooklyn Rail, Liberation, and on BBC television. Valla received a BA in Architecture from Columbia University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital+Media. He is currently an associate professor of Graphic Design at RISD. http://clementvalla.com/