Does your daily routine sometimes leave you feeling drained and lifeless? Do you feel as if you are mindlessly wandering through life and lack a higher purpose? Do you look and act like a zombie in the morning before that first cup of coffee? Does radiation give you a bloodthirsty lust for human flesh?
If so, you might want to visit Sixspace tonight for the opening reception of Chad Robertson's new oil-on-canvas paintings inspired by the films of George A. Romero, the creator of zombie horror film classics such as Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead.
The process of developing Chad Robertson's paintings involve both a video camera and a computer. By video-taping an interview session he conducts with his subjects and then by selecting subtle, nuanced moments from this interaction (brush of a hand, blinking of an eye), he creates the final version in oil-on-canvas via hand. Through his paintings, Robertson constructs an altered-state of reality whereby these specific moments manifested in one person are depicted in everyday environments such as a grocery store or a line. And, just as the paintings strive to show a truer self in their subjects, the process itself, from physical to digital to physical once more, play its part in finding a deeper sense of significance.
Chad Robertson - Rise
May 27 - June 24, 2006
Reception: Saturday, May 27 from 6-9pm