Altered Appropriations: Making Strange
an exhibition curated by Jody Zellen.

Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University
August 31- October 8, 2010

Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.


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Altered Appropriations: Making Strange is a group exhibition that explores how the two dimensional becomes three, how the photographic surface be creatively manipulated, and how appropriated texts and images can be combined to form surprising juxtapositions. Based on the observation by Russian Formalist Viktor Shklovsky, Making Strange refers to the idea of seeing anew. The artists in Altered Appropriations: Making Strange seek out new ways of visualizing and representing the familiar.

Soo Kim ( b. 1969, South Korea, lives and works in Los Angeles ) uses an X-acto knife to cuts out specific parts of her photographic images leaving a transparent structure. She sandwiches two images together allowing the cutout areas to create intricate shapes that overlay present and absent visual information.

Curtis Mann ( b. 1979, lives and works in Chicago ) begins by perusing the internet, searching on sites like Flickr for a series of images that he can download and manipulate. More often than not the images depict the disasters of war. Mann's process is to print the appropriated images he finds onto photographic paper and then uses bleach to selectively remove areas of the image creating the aura of a war zone.

Abigail Reynolds ( b. 1970, lives and works in London ) ingeniously weaves together different versions of the same image. Usually these are reproductions of famous London monuments that have been depicted in guidebooks throughout the twentieth century-like the British Museum, The Clock Tower or Piccadilly Circus.

Kim Rugg ( b. 1963, Canada, lives and works in London ) begins with appropriated imagery. Her material is the daily newspaper, usually on a day where the news was significant. In her newspaper collages the source and the structure is recognizable but the text is unreadable, becoming a form of concrete poetry.

Mickey Smith's ( b. 1972, Duluth, MN lives and works in New York, NY ) work redirects the meaning of the words printed on the spines of bound books found on reference shelves. Smith makes images in libraries- a place where the construction and presentation of language is the dominate ideology.

Ishmael Randall Weeks ( b. 1976, Peru, lives and works in Lima and Brooklyn, New York ) begins by making photographic transfers of images of buildings taken from books of architecture and then cuts shapes into his transfers creating a dialogue between the two systems of representation.

Peter Wegner's ( b. 1963, South Dakota, lives and works in Berkeley, CA ) work is about translation, seeing one thing or system in relation to another. In his Reverse Atlas Studies holes punched from a map are reconstituted to allude to but not complete that which the original depicted. What would otherwise be discarded becomes the material for Wegner's creations.

Altered Appropriations: Making Strange
August 30 - October 8, 2010.
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