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Artists Month features "Binary: A Pairing of Opposite States"


"Binary: A Pairing of Opposite States" opens with "Wetware Render Machine" a live drawing performance with audience participation and a reception at St. Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W. North Ave., Oct. 9.  Exhibit and reception open from 6 p.m. to midnight and performance will run from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.  It is one of the featured exhibitions for Chicago Artists Month 2.0.

A binary switch has two states, off and on, negative and positive. Computers work based on two states, on and off, zeros and ones.

Artists also operate in modes of being switched on and off, especially when they enter a collaborative relationship where their inspirations, methods and mediums perform a push and pull on each other resulting in mixed media, hybrids and mash-ups.

"Binary…" is an exhibition of Chicago artists who entered into a binary relationship with other artists and sometimes writers to create new visual artworks.  Curated by Lauren and Francesco Levato, artists using Flash, Final Cut Pro, SMS text messaging, iPhones, Photoshop, Garage Band, and other digital manipulations to collaborate with other artists using film, fiber, drawing, screen printing, and other mediums.

Artists include:  Aviva Alter, Susan Aurinko, Josh Cotter, Chris Hefner, Skye Enyeart, Alan Lerner, Mia Capodilupo, Francesco Levato, Lauren Levato, and Adam Rust.  

This show is being sponsored by The Near Northwest Arts Council, Genesis Art Supply and The Poetry Center of Chicago and will continue thru Nov. 7, 2009.  Regular gallery hours: Thurs., Fri., Sat., noon – 5 p.m. and by appointment, FREE and open to the public

Photo courtesy of Alan Lerner

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