Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, x, y, z

November 29th, 2012 - January 12th, 2013

Sciarrino’s new work continues her exploration of materials, form and process. Through her use of digital 3D-rendered geometries, Sciarrino produces sculptures and prints that explore notions of time and how light describes an object.

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By originating in a digital vernacular, Sciarrino’s modeled abstract geometries are skewed, stretched, bent, sheared, tapered, cut and folded, thus creating shapes that are distinguished through their technological manipulation. The transition of these forms from computer screens to tangible objects conveys an uncanny air of a rendered space. Furthering ideas of production – a key component of Sciarrino’s practice – the marks of technology are coupled with hand manipulation and natural processes such as the sun-bleaching of paper and the oxidization of metal. In the making of her work, Sciarrino exercises methods of control, but also introduces elements of chance. The contingent results envisage new possibilities for the production of objects.

A series of sun-bleached prints depicting simple, modeled geometric forms are spot lit using a digital program’s lighting presets. In these images, the light bends around the facets and falls into shadow, giving a hint of the shape and the artificial space it occupies. These are printed as half tone on acetate, which is placed over coloured papers that are then left in the sun. Over time, the image is bleached onto the paper. Here, Sciarrino explores how light describes an object by combining of two light-based processes to create the final image – one dependent on digital light, and the other dependent on natural light.

Skewed concrete forms occupy the main gallery space. These weighty objects have been sliced with a water jet machine to remove portions of the material, which have then been hand-chiseled to accentuate the forms’ curves and angles. Here, Sciarrino creates a dialogue between technology and humanity, continuing her investigation of methods of production and allowing the unexpected to emerge from familiar materials. Wedge-shaped plinths lift and support the pieces and their precariously insinuated forms.

Jennifer Rose Sciarrino lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She attained her BFA in 2006 at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. Sciarrino’s work has been included in numerous group shows, including trans/FORM at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (2012) and To What Earth Does this Sweet Cold Belong? at the Power Plant (2011). In October, Canadian Art magazine editor Rick Rhodes curated her work in Aerials, a series of exhibitions and artist talks during Art Toronto 2012.