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Matt Barton & Jacob Ciocci

Egypt Was a Test

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Matthew Barton’s multi-media sculptures and installations explore opposing forces through fantastical alternate realities based on imagination, nature, and kitsch. Inspired by comics, video games, and the democratic “reality world” footage of YouTube, Jacob Ciocci critiques the proliferation of imagery in mass culture and technology through kaleidoscopic videos, installations, paintings, and collages. He is also a member of the collective Paper Rad. Using both low- and high-tech aesthetics, Barton and Ciocci have collaborated here on a video and sculptural installation featuring a motorized wood-carved alien, embodying ambiguously a good and evil protagonist (savior and destroyer of human civilization), rising and descending in an alternately peaceful and terrifying animated video collage. Dark and menacing, yet utterly mesmerizing, the work presents a dichotomously ironic and sincere manifestation of the mysterious possibilities of extra-terrestrial salvation and destruction.

Curated by Heather Pesanti

When

2008

About The Artist

Matt Barton (American, b. 1975) received both his BFA and Teaching Certification K-12 from Montana State University. He holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Jacob Ciocci (American, b. 1977) received a BA in Art from Oberlin as well as a minor in Computer Science. He also received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Ciocci works with technology and video remixes as well as paintings.

Matthew Barton’s multi-media sculptures and installations explore opposing forces through fantastical alternate realities based on imagination, nature, and kitsch. Inspired by comics, video games, and the democratic “reality world” footage of YouTube, Jacob Ciocci critiques the proliferation of imagery in mass culture and technology through kaleidoscopic videos, installations, paintings, and collages. He is also a member of the collective Paper Rad. Using both low- and high-tech aesthetics, Barton and Ciocci have collaborated here on a video and sculptural installation featuring a motorized wood-carved alien, embodying ambiguously a good and evil protagonist (savior and destroyer of human civilization), rising and descending in an alternately peaceful and terrifying animated video collage. Dark and menacing, yet utterly mesmerizing, the work presents a dichotomously ironic and sincere manifestation of the mysterious possibilities of extra-terrestrial salvation and destruction.

Curated by Heather Pesanti

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