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Sondra Perry "Chromatic Saturation"

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Sondra Perry | Chromatic Saturation


Curated by Julia Greenway, Curator in Residence 2017-18  

March 18, 2018, through April 29, 2018

Opening reception: March 17, 2018, from 69 PM

Disjecta hours: FridaySunday from 125 PM


Disjecta is proud to announce the fourth and final exhibition of this season’s Curator in Residence series, lead by Julia Greenway. Sondra Perry’s’ Chromatic Saturation explores the intersection of technology and black history through sculptural and installation works. 
Examining “blackness as a technology, changing and adapting, through the constant surveillance and oppression of black folks.” Perry formulates identity through familial history and digital representations of the body. 

Chroma-key blue and Chroma-key green, color hues used in video and gaming production, are painted on opposing walls between Perry’s projected video works. Executed in two channels, Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number One combines family documentary with staged performance. Directly across the gallery, IT’S IN THE GAME ‘17 or Mirror Gag for Vitrine and Projection follows the avatar of Perry’s twin brother exploring 3D rendered artifacts in the MET and British History Museums. Positioned between the two works sits TK 1TK 4, and TK 5,  the newest iteration of Perry’s sculptural works. The objects are comprised of shot trainers, stationary equipment for basketball training and video monitors, allowing viewers to interface with the video through specific placement of their bodies. 

Through the portrayal of lineage as documentary and 3D rendered avatar, Perry examines the impact of digital media in formulating identity. Referencing the materials and color palettes of open source 3D design, the artist responds to gaming and sports platforms that capitalize on and simulate black bodies. Utilizing a semi-autobiographical familial narrative, Perry immerses the viewer in a unique navigation of personhood.

A supportive exhibition of work by Rick Silva and Nicolas Sassoon, curated by Julia Greenway, will be held March 10 - April 28, 2018 at Interstitial in Seattle.