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Weekly Update – Lotsa video at Locks


Digital tools are not new to art.  But some artists are fascinated with the way these tools are changing art practices. “alterations,” a group show at Locks Gallery, takes a look at art and technology, and while this might not sound like a laugh-out-loud show to you, the mix of video and installation includes some fun stuff.

Peter Campus Inflections: changes in light and colour around Ponquogue Bay, 2009 high definition multi-screen installation dimensions variable

Curated by video artist Peter Campus, who has previously shown at Locks, the five-person exhibit demonstrates not only how eerie an art mimic technology can be but also how much humor resides in the mash-up between old fashioned “aht” with new-fangled technology.  Campus’ video of a barn has been pixillated almost beyond recognition.  The result?  It resembles a precisionist painting of a barn by Charles Sheeler circa 1925.  What goes around comes around may be the lesson here.  It’s a beautiful image and also raises ideas about the importance of icons and how icons, like the barn, transcend time and media.

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Jason Varone MetaDataPhile, 2010 wall painting with video projection dimensions variable

Jason Varone’s drawing of a cartoon cloud on the wall includes the addition of a projected image.  The projection makes it seem as if the cloud is raining cartoon rain down the gallery wall. Not quite Disney and yet Disney-sprited, the piece is sweet and will make you smile.  Without a heavy hand, “alterations” will get you thinking about art as a fluid adapter to the world of Tomorrowland.

Read this article at Philadelphia Weekly.

”alterations,” Jan 7-Feb 5.  Opening reception, 5:30-7:30pm. Locks Gallery, 600 S. Washington Square, 215 629 1000.