Friday, Feb 21, 2014 7:00p -
263 Pearl St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Art, Date Idea, Nightlife
Gallery 263 presents Awake, a two-person exhibition featuring Christina Balch and Gary Duehr.
Awake imaginatively explores the unexceptional act of waking up in the morning. Centering on themes of identity and subconsciousness, Balch and Duehr use photography and domestic objects to divulge their waking moments.
Christina Balch's 27-foot wall installation, "Awake", features hundreds of small self-portraits taken with the artist's mobile phone at the time of waking every morning. Drawing inspiration from self-portraiture in feminist art, Balch builds on the subject through documentations of herself at a time when there are no conscious preparations for a self-portrait.
Balch invites visitors to actively participate in the development of "You Are Awake"; an assemblage comprised of a mirrored medicine cabinet and small articles. Visitors will share the mundane experience of viewing their reflection in the bathroom mirror, referencing waking up in the morning. A camera phone will be provided for visitors who wish to participate by capturing their reflection. Throughout the length of the exhibit, Balch will collect and add prints of these "self-portraits", or "selfies", to the cabinet assemblage.