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until August 15, 2018

Creative Growth presents Chroma Key, an exhibition featuring digital and video work. In the Creative Growth Digital Media Lab, artists explore the potentials of new media using programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and Final Cut Pro to create and edit original video and digital pieces. Rarely exhibited, the work in Chroma Key represents the last few years of new media art produced by Terri Bowden, Janis Danker, Heather Edgar, Carlos Fernandez, Rosena Finister, Susan Janow, Paulino Martin, Nick Pagan, Jordan King, Kim Clark, Stephanie Hill, and Gregory Stoper.

A long-time producer, writer, and collaborator in the Digital Media Lab, Susan Janow’s most recent short film, Questions, is a departure from her characteristically narrative-driven videos of the past. In Questions, Janow silently sits, facing the camera as we hear an audio track of Janow asking a series of questions. The questions shift seamlessly between standard interview-like queries to more personal inquiries about one’s preferences and experiences. Neither confrontational nor entirely comfortable, the viewer is left to reflect not only on one’s own responses, but also the motivations and responses of the enquirer herself.

Gregory Stoper’s second episode of “History in a Minute with Gregory Stoper” is also on view. For this series, Stoper researches and then writes, directs, narrates, and performs in biopics focused on singular historical figures; in this case Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Blending found video with performed scenes, the sepia-toned film becomes a meditation on the key moments of Gandhi’s life and the way in which history is told. 

Chroma Key also includes a site-specific installation by Terri Bowden, who presents digitally manipulated portraits alongside her current fascination – the Union Jack flag. Visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Bowden’s world, while listening to her ambient musical compositions.

Visitors also have the opportunity to have a multi-sensory experience of a new extra large work by Barry Regan. Inspired by synesthesia and courtesy of Ryan Wolff, visitors can strap on sub-woofer backpacks and headphones to see, feel, and hear Regan’s artwork.

Creative Growth Art Center
355 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612