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Cloud of Petals

DISJECTA, 8371 N Interstate
8371 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217, US (map)

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Disjecta is proud to announce the second exhibition by Curator in Residence Julia Greenway. Sarah Meyohas’s Cloud of Petals presents new and previous work together that examines themes of beauty and labor in an automated society.

This multi-layered project began in 2016 at Eero Saarinen’s Bell Works in Holmdel, New Jersey, where the artist organized a crew of 16 men to pluck the petals off 10,000 roses. These performers selected and photographed each petal according to the artist’s stringent guidelines. The images were then uploaded to a cloud server, where they became “inputs for an artificial neural network”, an algorithm that builds, connects, and intertwines to create a system that is self-learning, rather than programmed. Upon entering the exhibition, the viewer is lead into Disjecta’s darkened and cavernous gallery space. Headsets are suspended from the ceiling, displaying the virtual environments created from Meyohas’s network of petals. Also on view is Meyohas’s 30-minute highly saturated 16mm film, documenting and contextualizing the scope of the artist’s unique process at Bell Labs. Through multiple digital platforms, Cloud of Petals uses clichés of the feminine to represent our vast and intangible system of digital networks along with the shifting levels of consciousness and identity that come with our use of them.

The show runs through January 13, 2018 and the gallery is open Friday–Sunday, 12–5pm and by appointment. Closed for Christmas and New Years. All exhibitions and events are free to attend and open to the public. A supportive exhibition of work by Tannaz Farsi, curated by Julia Greenway will be held in Seattle during the exhibition.

Seattle-based curator Julia Greenway is curating four exhibitions for the 2017-18 season at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center for the Curator in Residence Program. Greenway focuses her curation on the examination of digital media’s influence on the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment.

SEATTLE SUPPORTIVE PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Field not Frame , a solo exhibition by Tannaz Farsi Glassbox Gallery 831 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98134 Exhibition: November 2 - December 9, 2017

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