PABLO GARCIA: FLAT
February 8 – March 2, 2014
Opening Reception – Saturday, February 8, 7PM
For immediate release
“I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.” –Edwin A. Abbott, Opening lines to Flatland (1884)
The world is flat. Perhaps that sounds ridiculous these days, but consider the depth contained in two dimensions. After all, we now ingest our world through images on flat screens. This is not a deficit to denounce. Instead, marvel at the richness possible in limited dimensionality: Implied depth through perspectival clues, modeling forms with light and shadow, and oblique viewing angles. A site-specific image can both flatten the real world and extract dimensions from the image. The long, narrow, and subterranean space of Novella Gallery offers an opportunity to experiment in two dimensions; to celebrate our flat world.
PABLO GARCIA is Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trained as an architect, Pablo’s recent work has evolved from design-for-hire to internationally exhibited artworks, provocations and research studies. Previously, Pablo has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Parsons School of Design, and The University of Michigan. From 2004-2007, he also worked as an architect and designer for Diller Scofidio + Renfro. He holds architecture degrees from Cornell and Princeton Universities.