Opening November 21st, Charlotte Street Foundation presents IRL: internet ↔ real life, part of the Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program ¶ Series, curated by Laura Isaac and Maritza Ruiz-Kim. IRL: internet ↔ real life, opens at Paragraph Gallery, exploring the aesthetics of post-internet art and the ways that being interconnected has shaped physical experience. IRL features six visual artists from around the United States.
IRL: internet ↔ real life
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21
Location: Paragraph Gallery / 23 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO
Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2014 through January 3rd, 2015
Gallery Hours: Fridays + Saturdays, 12:00pm-5:00pm
*In addition to the opening reception on November 21st, there will be two evenings (TBA) featuring performative works by Kansas City-based artists exploring the themes of connection/disconnection in the post-internet age.
Details: Gallery visitors will encounter multiple ways to experience the works in the show. Some artists will pull audiences further into technology and ask viewers to engage with various apps and online platforms. Others have dragged the virtual out of the digital and into the physical, asking audiences to consider the value of the online experience when it takes up literal space. Highlights include Joanie Gagnon SanChirico’s Ghost Houses project, which utilizes Google Maps to give a heightened sense of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, and Martiza Ruiz-Kim’s layered abstract encaustic and mixed media, which use her internet influences and online connections with other artists in the show to create beautiful and subtle pieces. IRL asks us to think more deeply about our online existence and how we can shape it to engage more deeply with “real life.”
Images from left: Joanie Gagnon SanChirico, Ghost House #2; Carla Gannis, Non-Facial Recognition Project.
For more details see the full Press Release.