multimedia / installation by Zach Blas, Jakob Dwight,
Benjamin Grosser, and Leonardo Selvaggio
February 3, 2017 - March 18, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5-8pm.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Zach Blas' Facial Weaponization Suite protests against biometric facial recognition–and the inequalities these technologies propagate–by making “collective masks” in workshops that are modeled from the aggregated facial data of participants, resulting in amorphous masks that cannot be detected as human faces by biometric facial recognition technologies. This body of work is represented here by his video, "Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face" (2012). Blas teaches art at the University of London, where he is currently preparing for upcoming exhibitions in Amsterdam, Brisbane, and Cambridge.
Jakob Dwight was invited to install a MultiSensory Environment in fulldome at LA's Vortex Immersion Media in June, 2014 as part of the collective Aesthetics & Therapeutics Lab, a platform developed to initiate installations and experiments in immersive art and healing. Dwight's work "The Autonomous Prism" was on view at the Brooklyn Museum alongside 24 artists in the critically-acclaimed exhibition Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, organized by Seattle Art Museum in 2016. He is slated to launch a beta version of his ongoing art role playing and world building platform N'CHI in 2017.
Benjamin Grosser focuses on the cultural, social, and political effects of software. He constructs interactive experiences, machines, and systems that make the familiar unfamiliar, revealing the ways that software prescribes our behavior and thus, how it changes who we are. Grosser’s works have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally at venues including Eyebeam (New York), The Public Private at the New School (New York), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), and a recent solo exhibition at Galerie Charlot (Paris).
Leonardo Selvaggio is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist whose work examines the entanglement between identity and technology. His work, “URME Surveillance” involves the development of defense technologies used to protect the public from surveillance by using his own identity as material. Rather than camouflage or hide the identities of the masses, this work invites the public to assume and present Selvaggio's identity as an alternative by allowing them to wear his face as a prosthetic. By assuming this risk and responsibility, “URME” challenges and allows viewers to consider the malleability of their own identities by misrepresenting and corrupting the artist's.
Stephen Smith Fine Art specializes in cutting edge modern and contemporary fine art with a primary focus on artists whose work engages social issues. Our mission is to share what we believe to be some of the most important and inspiring artists today. Located in a silent-film era theater in historic downtown Fairfield - ten minutes from the Birmingham Museum of Art - Stephen Smith Fine Art strives to cultivate a culture of exploration and art appreciation, and supports public art initiatives throughout the Greater Birmingham area.
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Image credits: Jakob Dwight (left), Leonardo Selvaggio (right).
"Human (Re)Sources" runs concurrently with the exhibition, "Macondo/Mar-A-Lago", featuring paintings by the Latino art collective, Contrapunto.