Project Description

Chromatic Saturation

March 18 – April 29, 2018

Curator: Julia Greenway

March 18 – April 29, 2018
Opening Reception: March 17, 6–9pm
Gallery Hours: Fri / Sat / Sun, 12–5pm

Disjecta is proud to announce the fourth and final exhibition of this season’s Curator in Residence series, led by Julia Greenway. Sondra Perry’s Chromatic Saturation explores the intersection of technology and black history through sculptural and installation works. Examining “blackness as a technology, changing and adapting, through the constant surveillance and oppression of black folks.” Perry formulates identity through familial history and digital representations of the body.

Chroma-key blue and Chroma-key green, color hues used in video and gaming production, are painted on opposing walls between Perry’s projected video works. Executed in two channels, Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number One combines family documentary with staged performance. Directly across the gallery, IT’S IN THE GAME ‘17 or Mirror Gag for Vitrine and Projection follows the avatar of Perry’s twin brother exploring 3D rendered artifacts in the MET and British History Museums. Positioned between the two works sits TK 1, TK 4, and TK 5,  the newest iteration of Perry’s sculptural works. The objects are comprised of shot trainers, stationary equipment for basketball training and video monitors, allowing viewers to interface with the video through specific placement of their bodies.

Through the portrayal of lineage as documentary and 3D rendered avatar, Perry examines the impact of digital media in formulating identity. Referencing the materials and color palettes of open source 3D design, the artist responds to gaming and sports platforms that capitalize on and simulate black bodies. Utilizing a semi-autobiographical familial narrative, Perry immerses the viewer in a unique navigation of personhood.

This is the final of four exhibitions of the Season 7 Curator–in–Residence Program curated by Julia Greenway.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Sondra Perry (b. 1986) is an artist working in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Currently, Perry has a solo exhibition on view at the Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, Washington and Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. In 2016, she presented a solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues including the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2017); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2017); The New Museum, New York (2017); Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York (2016); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); and MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2015). Spanning the last five years, Perry has screened her videos and presented talks at institutions including the Vera List Center at The New School, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The Artist’s Institute, New York, among others.

ABOUT CURATOR-IN-RESIDENCE SEASON 7

The 2017-2018 Curator-in-Residence season by Julia Greenway showcases four exhibitions by a diverse
group of contemporary female artists. Through site-specific installations and cross-cultural dialogue, the
seventh CiR season evokes themes of identity as mediated through digital communications.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Julia Greenway is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She began her curatorial practice with Interstitial a contemporary new media gallery in Georgetown. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. Upon relocating to Seattle 4 years ago, she began working with Kira Burge to create venues in which new media artists could receive the maximum amount of curatorial support. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project. In 2015, Julia was recognized by the New Foundation Seattle as part of its New Fellows program. Greenway is Disjecta’s seventh Curator-in-Residence.

ABOUT THE CURATOR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

The Curator-in-Residence program provides an opportunity for emerging curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. Curators engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,500-square-foot space. Past Curators-in-Residence include: Michele Fiedler (2016-17), Chiara Giovando (2015-16), Rachel Adams (2014-15), Summer Guthery (2013-14), Josephine Zarkovich (2012-13), and Jenene Nagy (2011-12).

Image: Courtesy of Sondra Perry


Location:

Disjecta

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 17, 2018
6 – 9pm

Gallery Hours:
Friday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm

Admission:
FREE and all ages