Congratulations Heather Dewey-Hagborg!

Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s Stranger Visions series wins
Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention for Hybird Arts!

The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most time-honored media arts competition. Winners are awarded the coveted Golden Nica statuette and an opportunity to showcase their talents at the famed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. The categories in 2015 are Computer Animation/Film/VFX, Digital Musics & Sound Art, Hybrid Art and [the next idea] voestalpine Art & Technology Grant competition.

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In my artwork Stranger Visions I create portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public spaces. Working with artifacts that strangers unwittingly leave behind, this work demonstrates the possible future of forensic DNA phenotyping (determining appearance from DNA), and points to the emerging privacy issues related to the increasing accessibility and decreasing costs of biotechnology.

Much of my work begins with a question. In past works I have asked questions about language, AI, creativity and machines. The question behind Stranger Visions came to me as I was sitting in a therapy session, ostensibly with the purpose of introspecting and reflecting on myself. Staring at a generic print on the wall, I noticed that the glass covering the print was cracked and in that crack was lodged a single hair. I became fascinated by this hair. Who did it belong to? What did they look like? How did they act? What did they think about? How much could I find out about a person from a single hair?continue reading
– Heather Dewey-Hagborg

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The Portrait Collection of Booth C2.

We all know there are many styles of portrait photography including traditional, environmental, fashion, documentary, etc. We all know the power that portraiture can display from various expressions and moods to identity and physical makeup. This is your chance to see numerous styles of portraiture on view in booth C2’s portrait collection at Art Miami New York!IMG_0919First up in the portrait collection is Floriane de Lassée. In Floriane’s series How Much Can You Carry? she documents portraits of people in remote communities carrying their treasured possessions on their heads. Representing a sense of curiosity and fun these portraits put forward what can be considered the community’s only survival means.

Bigawa, Nepal, 2013 © Floriane de Lassée
Bigawa, Nepal, 2013 © Floriane de Lassée

Next in the portrait collection is the work of Heather Dewey-Hagborg. Heather’s Stranger Visions series illustrates the future of science through portraiture. She collects cigarette butts, hair and chewed gum from public areas around various cities for DNA samples. Using these discarded items, Heather cracks genetic codes creating 3D face portraits of strangers. You have to see it to believe it!

Heather Dewey-Hagborg Stranger Visions: Sample 4 NYC, 2012-2013
Stranger Visions: Sample 4 NYC, 2012-2013 © Heather Dewey-Hagborg

And finally, the well know work of portrait photographer Sandro Miller and his muse John Malkovich. Sandro’s series  Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich – Homage to photographic masters recreates some of history’s most iconic portraits. Don’t miss the many faces of John Malovich in booth C2 at Art Miami New York!

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Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014 © Sandro Miller
Albert Watson / Alfred Hitchcock with Goose (1973), 2014 © Sandro Miller

If You Haven’t Seen “Identify” Yet, Go!

It’s the final week of Identify!

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If you have not seen CEG’s current group show Identify, this is your chance! Stop by to see the works of Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff, and Garth & Peirre as they address current concerns of identity, gender, privacy and classification. Select images from Ctrl+P artist Francine Fleischer’s Swim series will also be on view through April 4th. This exhibition is not to be missed!

Through a captivating collection of multi-media works, this exhibit rouses viewers to dig below the surface of mere likenesses and explore identity in light of a range of personal challenges from online privacy issues to shifting definitions of gender.        – Elin Spring Photography

Swim 3487, 2010  © Francine Fleischer
Swim 3487, 2010 © Francine Fleischer

The following exhibition is Ysabel LeMay: Wonders opening April 10th.

Artist Talk: Identify, 2015

Why do artists create the work they make? This question sparked CEG’s Artist Talk series in the summer of 2008.

This Artist Talk features five artists in CEG’s current exhibition, Identify. Artists include Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff and collaborative team Garth & Pierre. Listen as they explore ideas of surveillance, body image and sexuality.

Please stop by and see the work of all five artists on view through April 4th!

Science, Art, and Heather Dewey-Hagborg.

As a bioartist Heather Dewey-Hagborg appropriates tools of biomedicine and genomics. Using these tools of science Heather moves between laboratory and studio to explore art as research and critical inquiry.

Work by Heather Dewey-Hagborg at Article Biannual 2015 in Norway
Work by Heather Dewey-Hagborg at Article Biennial 2015 in Norway

In Heather’s recent series Stranger Visions she creates 3D resin portraits from analyses of Heather Dewey-Hagborg Stranger Visions: Sample 4 NYC, 2012-2013genetic material collected in public places. Working with gum, cigarette butts and hair she extracts DNA and places it through a facial algorithm. The end result is a facial 3D portraits. Select prints from Stranger Visions are currently on view in CEG’s exhibition Identify, running through April 4th.

Once I started working on this project I began noticing “forensic evidence” everywhere I turned. If I collected everything, I noticed I could fill my apartment… -Heather

565x565x1Heather will also be participating in two exciting upcoming events. Don’t miss her at the New Museum and SXSW!

The New Museum’s VISIBLE / INVISIBLE Symposium. This daylong symposium on March 7th will question how the legacy of identity politics might be reconsidered in light of our present culture, where making oneself visible is de rigueur and yet can also carry threatening connotations: being captured, tracked, or dangerously overexposed. Heather Dewey-Hagborg will be speaking on a panel discussion about “Selfhood, Selflessness, and Selfies: On Being Rendered Visible”  from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Check out more information at newmuseum.org!

IAP40120Heather will also be at South by Southwest! Join her Friday March 13th from 3:30 – 4:30PM at Salon 2 for Bioart: Melding Biotech and Art!

A growing number of artists are now turning to biotechnology as their medium. In this panel, curators and bioartists will attempt to decipher the themes emerging from this burgeoning genre of art, one that melds with biotech. Check out more information at schedule.sxsw.com!

Identify opening tonight!

The artwork has been installed and the gallery lights are on! CEG is excited for tonight’s opening of Identify featuring five artists looking at issues of identity and classification.

We hope you can join us for Identify’s opening reception with artists Tara Bogart, Jess T. Dugan, Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Michael Itkoff. Collaborative group Garth & Pierre were unable to attend the opening, however are sending good vibes from Washington state. See you tonight, February 6th, from 5:00 – 7:00pm!

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Tara Bogart’s modern hair study is a simple depiction of womanhood, as seen from behind and shirtless, allows viewers to create stories about each person based on hairstyle, shape, and body marks. Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates 3DIdentify portraits from genetic material collected in public places. The end result are portraits that speak to today’s culture of biological surveillance and has proved prophetic, as forensic science moves towards genetic profiling. Jess T. Dugan explores the power of identity through portraits of herself and others. Her work explores the nuances of sexual identification, challenging the viewers’ biases and need for categorization. Michael Itkoff sources instructional booklets of physical activities Identify installationrooted in the Western ideal of body perfection. Presented as short GIF videos, his pieces capture the idealized figure flexing, dancing, stretching and gyrating. Collaborators Garth & Pierre create installations from scanned cutouts of male faces that are mounted to bank pins. The work references the historic use of photographs for scientific categorization and identification.

Identify will be on display February 7th – April 4th.

Identify opens February 6th!

CEG‘s five-person exhibition Identify makes TimeOut Chicago‘s February list of must see gallery exhibitions!

Identify featuresElise, 2013 © Tara Bogart the works of Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff and collaborative group Garth & Pierre. Running February 6th through April 4, 2015.

Please join us for the opening reception with the artists on Friday, February 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m.

 

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Concerns about identity have risen to the forefront, as more and more people worry about privacy in the age of the Internet. Additionally, more and more people are constrictJess T. Dugan Self Portrait, 2014ed by racial and sexual classifications that no longer accommodate an evolving society. Labels such as gay, straight, bi-sexual, transgendered, white, black, African-American, Latino, Hispanic, Asian, tall, short, thin, fat, Jewish, Catholic, Atheist, are used to define us, often found on census forms, marriage licenses and medical records. Our own government issues us social security numbers through which our identity is codified. In today’s age of gender equality, multi-racial families, and increasing security breaches, more and more artists are looking at issues of identity and classification. Identify brings together five artist whose works address these current concerns.

A 19th c. photograph by Felix Nadar of a young woman’s back and her hair, inspired Tara Bogart’s modern hair study. This simple depiction of womanhood, as seen from behind and shirtless, allows viewers to create stories about each person based on hairstyle, shape, and body marks. HeaHeather Dewey-Hagborg Stranger Visions: Sample 4 NYC, 2012-2013ther Dewey-Hagborg creates 3D resin portraits from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with traces strangers unwittingly leave behind (gum, cigarette butt, hair), Dewey-Hagborg extracts DNA to create genetic profiles that are then put through a facial algorithm. The end result are portraits that speak to today’s culture of biological surveillance and has proved prophetic, as forensic science moves towards genetic profiling. Jess T. Dugan explores the power of identity, desire, queer experience, masculinity and connection through portraits of herself and others. Her work explores the nuances of sexual identification, challenging the viewers’ biases Garth and Pierre HEAD(S), 2014and need for categorization. Michael Itkoff sources instructional booklets from the early-to-mid 20th c. on Karate, Yoga, Aerobics and other physical activities that are rooted in the Western ideal of body perfection.  Presented as short GIF-like videos, his pieces capture the idealized figure flexing, dancing, stretching and gyrating, all in the name of perfection. Collaborators Garth & Pierre create installations from scanned cutout snapshots of male faces that are mounted to bank pins, placed directly into the wall. The work references the historic use of photographs for scientific categorization and identification, and invites the viewer to think about gender, and the traits that make us unique.

Michael Itkoff, How to Tap Dance, 2014
Michael Itkoff, How to Tap Dance, 2014

Each artist brings a unique perspective to the subject matter, reflecting his or her own individuality and identity. We hope to see everyone at the opening reception with the artists on Friday February 6th.