Café Avatar

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, September 26 – November 03, 2017, Curated by Ruth Grover

grayDUCK Gallery, Austin, TX , January 20 – February 18, 2018, Curated by Jill Schroeder

As humanity enters a new graphic skin, how will we remember our physical selves...or are we becoming computational mochas? Where do our avatars hang out when not in use? Café Avatar explores these questions with a playful collection of images, both figurative and abstract. Large modular works, screen printed on industrially stamped synthetic felt, stretch and teeter on acrylic pegs. These works are complimented by a series of small prints that mix screen printing, wood block, and xerox. Exhibited behind vacuum-formed plastic, traditional technique collides with idiosyncratic presentation. Make shift clockworks outfitted with blank CD media silently activate the space and a collection of video floorworks explore both the natural world and virtual space, reminding us that in the digital realm, everything is equidistant. Paired with an exploratory publication presenting an illustrated essay exploring the corporeal realities of our graphic-centric times. If graphics are a skin and our graphics are growing increasingly inhabitable, when we enter a new skin, do we become a new animal?