february, 2020

07feb5:30 pm7:30 pmOpening Reception: Mary Sherman: Black Box

Time

(Friday) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Event Details

MARY SHERMAN
BLACK BOX
Sound: Untitled, for a Box. . . . by Mathieu Corajod    
organized by Mario Diacono
Feb. 7 – Mar. 4, 2020

500 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

Black Box is a sensor activated, micro-processor driven, visual, aural and kinetic work. Its title is a literal description of the piece – both in terms of its appearance and in reference to the term “black box”, an opaque system whose inputs and outputs are clearly evident, but how those are achieved remain hidden. This is the essence of computers.  At the same time, removing the top of Black Box exposes its opposite, a white box, which is meant to conjure up such notions as white light and white noise (a white box is a system whose internal working mechanisms are known).

All this is part of Sherman’s on-going exploration into the world of in between states, the slippage between various ways of accessing the world, and the frisson of contradictions. As such, Black Box combines an interest in technology and art, juxtaposes fine art practices with machine shop techniques, exploits digital aims for analog results and subverts logical thinking to sensual effect.

Thanks to George Bossarte for the LED circuitry and Cité Internationale des arts for the time and space to produce Black Box.


Mary Sherman is an artist and the director of the artists-run TransCultural Exchange, which she founded in Chicago in 1989. She also teaches at Boston College and Northeastern University and, in 2010, served as the interim Associate Director of MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Additionally, for two decades, while pursuing her career as an artist, she worked as an art critic for such publications as The Chicago Sun-Times, The Boston Herald and ARTnews. She has received numerous grants and awards, including three Fulbright Specialist Grants.

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