interface || interference opened at The Carrack this Wednesday and as is the norm for shows there, you had been run over inmediatamente if you want to see it. The opening reception is Friday, tomorrow , from 7pm-10pm.
The show is themed around work made by or with cellphones. It is no news to tell you that cellphones are ubiquitous, likely some of you are reading this on your cellphones. Kerry Crocker aka Parasol B. and Libby Lynn have been talking about this show for many moons and they got some of the most interesting and thoughtful artists in Durham to contribute work.
A list that includes: Aaron Kutnick, Ali Halperin, Carlos Alberto Torres, Chance Murray, Eric Juth, Eric Raddatz, Fernanda Duarte, Ginnie Hench, Heather Gordon & Sydney Brown, James Fatata, Jim Adams, Jing Niu, Libby Lynn, Matt Zigler, Parasol B, Saba Barnard, Sarah Goetz, Tiny Zombie, and Tony Waldron.
In a special press preview this week we were allowed to look at some of the work. Chief among the impressions I walked away with was anger. I knew societally we were mad at our cellphones, resentful of them as chains, weights, anchors that tie us down and leave us earthbound. This show leaves no doubt.
There is Jim Adams amazing sculptural impaling of every cell phone he has ever had on a stake.
Chance Murray’s always hauntingly gothic work features cellphones embedded in the faces/skulls of post-apocalyptic creatures with his amazing topographical contortions. Exhibit organizer Kerry Crocker reported that immediately after installation these electronics were silent, but suddenly one of them began functioning lighting up and squawking in the head of its host. Metaphorical for the parasitic?
Just down the wall Eric Radditz time-lapsed selfies are deeply disturbing. Recalling legends of our forebears fears of looking in mirrors. Oh yes, it is your face all right, just twisted and spun like no fun house mirror ever could. Look away. Look away, quickly.
There is a beautiful jewelry box filled with shiny objects, apparent treasures, that end up trash, shards and electronic remnants of cellphones.
Libby Lynn takes a Luddite approach, deconstructing the technology and its symbology, rendering cellphone emojis on paper and encouraging viewers to translate those modern day hieroglyphics for themselves.
In a nod to the medium, all artists’ statements were limited to 140 characters in length.
Get there. The exhibit runs through May 10th at the Carrack, 111 West Parrish Street.
The cellphone is everywhere.
There is so much to absorb.
interface || interference challenges us to soak up as much of it as we can.