Reception: November 15th, 2013
Artist Talk: November 7th, 2013
At the UAS +15 Window
The Seeker is an exhibition centered on the notion of a digital glitch as a portal to dreamlike, alternative experiences. The disturbance of indexicality of the source materials, especially the disruption of photoreal forms and the emergence of psychedelic colors, frames the resulting images as portals to a higher reality. Surrounded by the muted every-day life beyond the glass of the space, they offer a snapshot of a changing self, as if in a drug induced dream of a substance user, or someone on the path of enlightenment. The number 7 (for 7 prints) is significant in this case because, according to numerology, it “knows that nothing is exactly as it seems and that reality is often hidden behind illusions.” One of the illusions that are being broken here is the transparency and the pixel perfect facade of digital media, generated and maintained by the system to impress the viewer and enslave the senses. Video games, hyperreal advertising images, and crisp details in every Hollywood movie, are all examples of this. By disrupting the strict, digital organization of the source files, perhaps we can detach from such fixations and be free to attain higher consciousness. The choice of a self-portrait emphasizes the very personal nature of such experience.
Therefore the work presented here can signify paths or choices produced from a single starting point (the original image). It could also represent ripples through a single reality that lead to mystical places in the mind or reflections of a changing consciousness. Another theme of The Seeker is opaqueness, or in other words, the mystification of something by veiling it. The source materials, which have been filtered through glitching techniques, are all veiled behind an aura of colours, pixels and blocky shapes, creating a kind of ethereal mystery.
True glitches - ones that happen spontaneously - are mysteries in and of themselves. We can only guess why the TV goes haywire or our computer crashes. But when these things happen, they break us away from the hypnotic glow of the screen and open up our eyes to alternative universes
Marta (Timmer) Blicharz is a Polish-Canadian visual artist, currently exploring computer graphics and photography. She employs databending and glitching to frame the subject of western consumer culture and explore the role of these unconventional methods and aesthetic in mainstream design. Marta is interested in how the glitch, as a violent disruption in communication, vandalizes the status quo of realistic representation operating in virtual space and displaces our expectations about the function of technology. By “breaking out” from the norm, the glitch creates visually vibrant alternatives, and draws attention to the digital system, which usually remains hidden from view.
Marta holds an MFA (New Media) degree from the University of Lethbridge, and has exhibited her work in solo and group contexts in cities like Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Chicago. She is currently represented by DaDe Art and Design Lab in Calgary.