A Chimerical Color is an imaginary one, sitting outside of our range of vision, triggered by fatiguing the cone cells in our eyes via steady exposure to certain types of light. Attempting to visualize an impossible color has long been a surefire failure: a reminder of our perceptual limitations. Can tech, or art for that matter, propel us past these limitations and offer up a prosthetic future?
The works in this show promise transcendence through technological interfaces. When these simulations fail, we’re confronted with a state of confusion and uncertainty - surrounded by glowing artifice, broken promise, spurts of euphoria, and hum; sitting in the space between the after image and whatever comes next.
Works like Bobby Anspach’s Space for continuous eye contact reach this euphoria through a multi-sensory bombardment. The meticulous assemblage of LED light, polyphonic sound and rainbow pom poms culminate in an artificial spectacle, an engineered phenomenon. Once the lights dim and the music fades away, the lack of stimulus is just as deafening.
Kalina Winters constructs a rival, yet analog system in Internet Pal. Channeling the methodology of a glitch through oil paints as if Eden was farmville and farmville had a virus, this work and others in the show create a perceptual purgatory where logic slips, thresholds merge, and the overheads short-circuit, showering us in iridescence.
Bobby Anspach, Haven Butler, Allyson Church, Julianna Johnston, Brian Oakes, William Samosir, Zoe Schlacter, Victoria Stadlin, Kalina Winters, Renee Yu Jin, Amelia Zhang, Zak Ziebell