HILARY BERSETH | PROJECT ROOM | DECEMBER 11 – FEBRUARY 15
THE ACTUAL | DECEMBER 11 – FEBRUARY 15
The Actual brings together these artists in a conversation about artifice, process, and printed work. Each artist plays with ideas of pictorial construction, image and abstraction, the manipulation of spatial perception, set-up photography and collage, and seriality. Included in the show are unique photograms, laser toner prints on Japanese mulberry paper, polaroids, and digital pigment prints. The exhibition asks us to consider the subtle and distinct differences between manual, analog, and digital image making and their variously printed manifestations.
Hilary Berseth continues his hybrid practice of drawing and sculpture with a series of seven works on paper. Each piece is folded into the facets of one of five Platonic solids: tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron. On the surface of this geometry, a face has been drawn to scale in graphite. The facial expressions correspond to the seven basic emotions: anger, fear, disgust/contempt, sadness, surprise, happiness, and neutral. Two of the platonic solids, the tetrahedron and icosahedron, are repeated to complete the catalog of emotions. The faces are based on images from the Karolinska Directed Emotional Faces (KDEF), a stimuli set of 4900 pictures of human facial expressions used for psychological research on perception, attention, emotion, and memory.