Michael Guidetti: MPG GUI. March 1, 2014 – April 12, 2014. Opening Saturday, March 1st, 6-9pm
Jancar Jones is pleased to announce an exhibit of new work by Michael Guidetti, titled MPG GUI. The show will include three large pigment prints made from computer-generated scenes, each with an adjacent projected animation transmitted from within each respective scene.
In this new body of work Guidetti continues to examine and adjust how the relationship between material and immaterial subjects and the conflation of psychic and physical reality can affect environmental perception. By using both video and still representations side-by-side, Guidetti expands the scope of the scene’s internal reality and establishes a more nuanced reading of the picture.
Each of the three pairs of still and animated images in MPG GUI shares an origin but forms a dichotomy between a viewer-oriented perspective and a machine generated one. While one has become static, both derive from a dynamic and interactive computer environment where figures in various states of animation are observed in confined spaces by unmanned electronic devices. Now excerpted, the projected view of the scene escapes outside of the frame of the print providing a temporal but fragmented vision into the frozen image. In spite of the formal distinctions between the still and moving, these representations act on one another to enhance the reanimation of the original computer environment.
Within the gallery, the video projectors that contribute to these bifurcated scenes posit additional viewpoints. The concentrated focus from these instruments standing, staring in the gallery elicits a reciprocal and complicated gaze. The viewer, as another party in the equation, is invited in but is left to decipher how to look and who or what is looking back.
Michael Guidetti lives and works in San Francisco. This will be his third solo show with the gallery, his first in Los Angeles.