Derek Chan ‣ All Our Relations / Plural + CFBT ‣ Living Book


Derek ChanAll Our Relations / Plural + CFBTLiving Book
December 12, 2011 – January 15, 2012
Opening Reception: December 10 / 5:00 – 8:00pm

Carrie Secrist Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd / Chicago, IL

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to present Derek Chan: All Our Relations, Chan’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, comprises paintings, drawings, and installation to contemplate cultural myth and sacred writings.

Driven by the significant role symbols play in our everyday lives, Chan’s new body of work is born from an exploration of the hieroglyphs and petroglyphs of indigenous cultures. Central to this exhibition is the theme of “The Weaver”, inspired by Native American myth. These works are Chan’s interpretation of the exoteric teachings of indigenous cultures, applied to personal and collective lived experience. The imagery in this exhibition pulls from a series of created symbols, found universally across cultures in the East and the West and in the lexicon of abstract painting.

Living Book, 2011 is a multi-media installation environment created by Plural and The Center For Book Technology. Living Book transforms the gallery space into an automated book production facility. Using custom-software, viewers in the space are captured in-real-time (every 60 seconds) from an overhead camera and projected onto the wall. Each capture is then printed onto single pages of a book in production. In addition, a keyboard allows viewers to author their own page(s), creating a spontaneous performance environment where a database of individual choices becomes a collective narrative.


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