at Roman Susan, Chicago, IL. April 14- May 5
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Walking into Roman Susan, it is hard not to look askance. The walls ask you oblique questions. The whole place is a wedge that you are wedged into: the corner of a building that is a large triangular prism interrupting the city’s block-logic. This geometry is only one -ism of “prism” – optical prismatics split light multi-colorfully, while “the prisms through which we perceive” bend our subjectivity. This installation project -isms the prism to see just how the colors, axioms, molecules, and categories scatter forth. Reflection on refractions of light and genealogy, music and materiality.
P R I S M :
from Ancient Greek prisma: "something sawed" prizein: "to saw, to be cut in pieces."
1 - A solid geometric figure whose two ends are similar, equal,
& parallel rectilinear figures, with sides as parallelograms.
2 - A glass or other transparent object in the form of a prism,
especially one that is triangular with refracting surfaces that
separate white light into a spectrum of colors.
3 - Used to refer to the clarification or distortion afforded by a
Three notions of prism bring their own -isms:
one fills space geometrically,
the other splits light incrementally,
and the last warps the weft of subjectivity.
Let us -ism the prism -
red, yellow, blue
shape, bias, hue...
sound, color, view.
>>> Scatterings (photographs in the exhibition)
>>> Booklet & Essays
>>> Performances (Spectralina's intervention. April 28)