|Above: Fernando Pareja and Leidy Chavez at THE MISSION Chicago for the opening of "Leap into the Void" on November 15, 2013.|
"Leap into the Void"
November 15 – December 21, 2013
Organized by curator Gilbert Vicario
THE MISSION Chicago
1431 W. Chicago Avenue
"Using a combination of pre-cinematic devices, haunting soundtracks, and a restrained minimalist sensibility, the artists create awe-inspiring kinetic vignettes that are drawn from lived experiences, yet connect on an emotional and universal level. Their work draws on Colombian history and its ongoing struggles with left- and right-wing political factions, violence, and the recent uprising by farmers demanding more government support.
The installation is an investigation into how 19th century animation devices - such as the zoetrope and praxinoscope - can effectively be used in a contemporary context as a viable means of communicating a potent message. Pareja and Chavez's interest in these antiquated technologies seem to come at an appropriate moment when the creative potential of digitally-based technologies seems tapped out and saturated."
Quotation above from: http://themissionprojects.com/exhibition/32/leapintothevoid
|Above: The beeswax, acrylic, cardboard, and wood base of "Oppressed Oppressors," in full light, absent electronic animating effect.|
|Above: A detail of "Oppressed Oppressors," electronic animating effect suspended by on-camera flash, November 15, 2013.|
|Above: Fernando Pareja and Leidy Chavez posing with "Oppressed Oppressors" at THE MISSION Chicago on November 15, 2013.|
Still images (1-4) November 15, 2013;
Copyright Paul E. Germanos.
Above: YouTube video, from praxinoscopio, illustrating animation in the work of Fernando Pareja and Leidy Chavez, as found accompanied by the following text: "Animación en tiempo real, presentada por los artistas Colombianos Fernando Pareja Y Leidy Chavez, en la feria internacional de Arte de Bogotá ArtBo, pabellón Artecámara 2012. Una amplificación de la imagen en Movimiento."
Above: "Oppressed Oppressors" animation as found in a Vine from Tyler Blackwell, produced at THE MISSION Chicago on November 15, 2013.
Above: Fernando Pareja and Leidy Chavez provide a statement about their work, as found offered by Universes in Universe on Vimeo.