Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Luminary/Center for the Arts: Friday 10 September 2010


September 10-October 9, 2010

The Luminary Center for the Arts is pleased to present the international group exhibition Answer Factory opening on Friday, September 10 from 6-9pm. This high-profile exhibition brings together six innovative emerging artists working along the theme of how information is processed, truth statements are proposed and the enigmatic ways we generate answers to unanswerable questions. Answer Factory brings together a diverse group of text-based and installation artists in a serio-comic presentation of facts, figures, mute megaphones, vision statements, decontextualized statements of support, and a mechanical bird questioning a mechanical rabbit about the nature of reality.

Fernando Orellana’s new mechanized piece, Beta, forms a dialogue between a mechanical bird and an unanswering audience, posing questions about the body, about the infinite, about itself. Posed against this piece is the video projection, plain text, which cycles through every possible ending to the phrase “You Want ____,” indefinitely answering every question it posits. Cheryl Waasenaar will be exhibiting her cut-up pieces constructed from commercial signage that embody a series of visual stutters, glitches and failed information.

Bad at Sports podcaster Duncan MacKenzie and collaborator Christian Kuras fill the exhibition with Values Values Values, which lines out an imaginary organization’s eerily familiar vision statement that is both nondescript and dead on. Kuras’s piece Drone circles a set of megaphones one after the other, forming a sphere of possibility and ineptitude, while Diagram of Itself is exactly what it says: a self-referential, utterly enclosed image.

Runo Lagomarsino’s We Support numbly projects its burned-out images suggesting war or commerce or both with the simple text announcing to us that we support…something. Bruce Campbell’s etched pieces embed their text in objects. In A Warm Breath, the viewer has to breathe on etched glass in order to see it and Light: Head: Horn: Mind offers its thoughts in the form of a gilded lightbulb.


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