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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Lapsus Lumen at bitforms gallery in NYC #ArtTuesday

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If you are in the NYC area be sure to check out the latest exhibit at the bitforms gallery, opening tomorrow. The exhibit will be open from September 16-October 25.

For his seventh solo show at bitforms gallery, Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer presents recent works that subvert computerized surveillance to construct playful, counterintuitive, and often disorienting experiences. Each of the seven pieces on display in Lapsus Lumen—four of them premieres—reappropriate an instance of surveillance culture to create tessellated landscapes: one-way mirrors, airport X-Ray scanners, face-recognition algorithms, full-body tracking, fingerprinting, and other pervasive technologies are transformed into platforms for connection.

As interruptions to a now normalized predatory control regime, the works in Lapsus Lumen elicit critical or poetic experiences; yet, the strength of the work rests in the acknowledgment of its own partial complicity with the very technologies that define our society of control. Working with an array of tools, materials, and forms, Lozano-Hemmer’s practice is situated in, while also indebted to, a long lineage of Latin American artists dedicated to an expanded field of experimentation, including the pioneering multimedia installations of Marta Minujín, the computer-generated drawings of Manuel Felguérez, the optical explorations of Gyulia Kosice and Abraham Palatnik, and the relational objects of Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticia.

In his words, Lozano-Hemmer works with light “oscillating between the artifice of a nightclub and the violence of police interrogations.” Throughout the exhibition is a questioning of the supposed purity of light as a medium for expression: contrary to a spiritual approach that seeks enlightenment and unification, the artist uses light literally and figuratively to obscure and create differentiation.

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