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Chris Dean

Added by Benjamin Krause

Event Details

  • Time:
    June 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM EDT to July 12, 2015 2:00:00 PM EDT
  • Location:
    Krause Gallery
  • Street:
    149 Orchard Street
  • City/Town:
    New York
  • Website or Map:
    www.krausegallery.com
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  • Latest Activity:
    June 11, 2015

Event Description

Krause Gallery is pleased to present “Speaking in Tongues” where Chris Dean; one of the leading motion lenticular artists in the country, will return to New York City for his solo exhibition at Krause Gallery.
Dean's new series comes from his belief that we are able to communicate in sophisticated ways because we give meaning to marks, sounds and gestures, something perhaps unique in the
universe. This way of abstracting the world is the backbone of everything we might list as an accomplishment and the main thing that separates us from other creatures. Its a powerful asset
but comes at a cost, primarily that our world exists as symbols and we give value only to things assigned meaning. Meaning says, "This means That," pointing away from the raw thing before us, from experience, to an invention of our intellect. The curse of meaning is that always takes us away from This.

Speaking in Tongues is a viewer-centric body of work using the lenticular medium as a vehicle into experience. The optical properties of the work present unplanned vignettes to the viewer
through the cross talk of multiple layers of sequenced images. What is seen is a partnership between the work and the person and changes idiosyncratically with the viewer's movements. Recognizable forms pollinate with their neighbors making new images that are unique to the moment of observation. Experience takes precedence over meaning and the raw thing is the
focus.

The series draws on the ideas of the Freakout, a concept of 1960s psychedelic culture where moments of art and music were engineered to channel perception in new directions. This involved over-saturating the senses with unfamiliar stimuli and encouraged a particular preconditioned state of mind. While I assume more ordinary circumstances the idea of providing a well saturated environment that rewards experiential participation is the same.

Lenticular is a process that pairs carefully constructed imagery with sheets of optical plastic engraved with fne lenses. It delivers efects similar to those of holography including a simulated sense of depth and motion. It was popularized in the 1940's and used primarily in novelty and commercial products with only a handful of artists developing bodies of work around it early on. It has seen a resurgence of use with the rise in high resolution printing and has a growing base of contemporary artists interested in its unique interactive capacities.

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