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Event Category:
Art & Museum Exhibits
Open to the public.  
Dates and Times:
November 21, 2013-April 26, 2014, 12:00-12:00AM
In information technology, the term "lossy" refers to the unintended degradation of a digital image when it is compressed in order to reduce file size. In Lossy, the new exhibition at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the participating artists ask whether the errors and omissions that occur in the process of translation may be a good thing by opening new opportunities for constructing poetic narrative, speculative fiction, and alternative readings. In other words, is it possible for the Doppelgänger to take on a life of its own? The artists and curator of Lossy are all former Bemis Center Artists-in-Residence whose works explore murky territory of physicality in a media era when visual representation is constantly being negotiated and renegotiated. Through sculptural and image-based surrogates, the artists in this exhibition toggle between recognizable forms and fictional imagery to explore "lossy" in terms of how we reorganize meaning and symbolism. By flipping the "loss" of original resolution from being a negative condition into a potentially positive one, Lossy scrutinizes how active transformation occurs when switching an image into an object, the virtual into the real, the original into the cast copy and the invisible into the tangible. Lossy is curated by San Francisco-based visual artist Stephanie Syjuco. Adam Price, the Bemis Center's Executive Director, stressed the relevance of the exhibition to all visitors. "Lossy is about the world we live in today, surrounded by images and symbols that are endlessly reproduced and subtly changed through the process of reproduction," he said. "It is exciting to think about the ways in which these errors in translation - like the glitches, blips and marks created by old fax machines - open up new space for creativity." The exhibition runs from November 21, 2013 - April 26, 2014. For more information, you may visit
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724 S. 12th St.  
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