The Fayetteville Underground invites you to our First Thursday opening reception for the exhibition, Ambiguity and Glitch on Thursday, September 1 from 5 to 9 pm. The show will run through September 30.
This exhibition showcases the stunning and award winning multi media portraits of Little Rock artist, Lisa Krannichfeld, and, a curated exhibit of local and national artists exposing “glitch” in visual technology. Music will be provided by Second Line Strings, a gypsy jazz and swing band. Admission is free and beer and wine will be available by donation.
Lisa was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in an interesting mix of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly informed her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their disinterested and at times defiant expressions. Lisa often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolor material in a nontraditional and uncontrolled, free-flowing way.
“There is an irresistible drive in us as humans to define things, people, and experiences we have into categories; clear of ambiguity, mystery, and confusion. Evolutionarily, you could argue this instinct has helped us interpret the world around us in more efficient ways and helped us to avoid potentially dangerous encounters. While this powerful impulse can be helpful in some instances, it most certainly rejects a sense of discovery, curiosity, and tolerance for the unknown and unfamiliar when placed in the context of contemporary social order. This collection of expressionistic portraits refutes the impulse to categorize the female gender – a rigid category that shapes a woman’s life in immeasurable ways from the moment of birth. These portraits celebrate ambiguity in emotion and intention; unshackling categorization all while calling attention to the viewer’s innate impulse to revert back to clear definition.”
GLITCH is a show comprised of local and national artists who push the limits of visual technology. It features both print and video installations. The artists circuit-bend VHS players, convert images to audio and back again, combine stop motion animations and data corruption, find out what darkness looks like to a camera, print Snapchat filter glitches with 17th century processes, and rip the seams from seamless panoramas.
Corey Johnson: Corey’s use of limited tools and circuit bending techniques to craft glitch work provides a narrow but deep meditation on nostalgia, nightmares, and the relationship of humanity and technology.
Kaia Hodo: Kaia treats the image like a song. She opens photos in a music editing program, to interpret the picture data as sound. From there she mixes in clips of songs and adds effects, treating the waveform like a collage. After exporting the sound file back out as a bitmap, the alterations to the waveform translated as alterations to the data for the picture.
C Alex Clark: What does a camera see in the dark? C will photograph complete darkness – usually with the lens cap on. He then uses image editing software to repeatedly bring out detail until something emerges. What exactly we are seeing in the final product is unclear.
Nihil Minus: Nihil is inspired by the fluxus movement, technological failure, and the mathematics & textures of analog waveforms and signals. She makes videos, net art, installations, live visuals, and experiments at the intersection of art and technology.
Wanbli Gamache: Wanbli combines stop motion, glitch manipulation, audio, and portraits to collage a survey of organic and synthetic materials being broken down by erosion and weathering.
Helen Maringer: Helen uses a technique involving the latest Snapchat filters and almost no light to get the lowest resolution possible in her portraits for a dreamy effect and prints them using the Cyanotype photographic process, used as early as 1842.
Becca Jones: The purpose of the panorama function in the iphone is to create a seamless and static image. Becca abuses this function to rip the seams out of the image and create a patchwork view of moments in time.
The free Gallery and retail store is open to the public Thursday through Saturday 10am–7pm located at 101 W. Mountain St. Fayetteville, AR 72701. For more information on artists and events go to www.fayettevilleunderground.org.