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Document is pleased to present Christopher Meerdo’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. This new body of work explores ideas surrounding transhumanism and cryonics through 3D modeled and hydroprinted sculptures, photographs from a subterranean bunker home in Las Vegas, and animations on deconstructed display monitors.

The heir to the Avon family, Girard Henderson, built an underground nuclear fallout shelter in the style of a suburban home in Las Vegas in the 1970’s. He lived there, underground, with his wife Mary until his death in the 1980’s. After his passing, Mary built a home above the bunker to live out the rest of her days. The house is currently owned by a cryonics group called The Society for the Preservation of Near-Extinct Species. A room in the home was converted to house a permanent collection of cryonics ephemera as well as it functioning as a meeting room for society members.

The connectome mapping project is akin to the human genome project. It is an attempt at making a spatially delineated structural map of all neural cell connections within brain tissue. Each individual neuron can form thousands of links with other neurons giving a typical human brain well over 100 trillion synapses (up to 1,000 trillion, by some estimates). Currently, an extremely small portion of a mouse brain has been dimensionally mapped. With current technological limitations it is impossible to achieve a complete map in a viable timeframe, but, based on Kurzweilian exponential technological advancement predictions, we could be closer than we realize.

Don Laughlin started a casino in Nevada in the 1950’s. He is today one of the richest men in the industry. Laughlin founded a town where his casino sits today, which is aptly named Laughlin, Nevada. As a very wealthy and public cryonics figure, he is looked to as a leader in advancements in the industry that require substantial funding. He was the keynote speaker at the “End Death Conference” I attended in Laughlin, Nevada last year. There is a bronze statue of Don which greets you as you enter into the town from the direction of Las Vegas.

“Neural” refers to a type of cryonics that is head only. This is favorable with younger theorists who consider neural mapping the path towards immortality (favoring non-biological over biological immortality). This type of data-set cryonics considers the aggregation, emulation (AGI), and archeology and part of consciousness and the human experience. Older generation cryonicists look to advancements in nano-technological individualized cellular repair advancements as a possibility for biological immortality. Timetable predictions regarding the feasibility of this vary wildly.

When sitting inside the underground house, inhabitants can enjoy a dynamic exterior atmosphere complete with time-specific lighting controls, fiberglass landscape features, and an intricately painted 360° scenic mural. These trompe-l’oeil landscape vistas were painted by a Texan artist named Jewel Smith. Jewel lived in the underground guest house during the duration of her project. She was 70 at the time of the completion of the work. She is no longer with us today.

Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros was born in São Paulo in 1923 and lived there until his death in 1998. He started his career as a traditional painter, but began an intense period of experimentation with the photographic medium in 1946, which culminated in his Fotoformas exhibition at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) in 1951. The exhibition was a watershed for Brazilian photography and led to de Barros receiving a scholarship to study engraving in Paris. While in Europe he travelled extensively, meeting influential artists and encountering key movements in art and design. He returned to Brazil and established a successful career as an artist and industrial designer. A key figure in Brazillian Concrete, Abstract and Pop art he was a founding member of many influential groups including Grupo 15, Galeria Rex, Grupo Ruptura. He established the design co-operative Unilabor and furniture company Hobjeto Industry. After a series of strokes de Barros began in 1996 to work on a series of collage works using his ‘leftover’ family photographs. Entitled Sobras, de Barros continued to work on the series until his death in 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Fotoformas Series), 1950, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 15

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Fotoformas Series), 1950, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 15

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Fotoformas Series), 1948, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 15

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Fotoformas Series), 1950, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 15

Geraldo de Barros, Hommage à Picasso (from Fotoformas Series), 1949, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 15

SURFACE TENSION

Phillip Maisel & Maggie Preston at Black Crown Gallery, Oakland
Opening Reception: Friday March 24, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 24 – April 29, 2017

  For Your “Open” (2677) and For Your “Open” (2682), 2017. Cut archival pigment prints, acrylic, melamine panel, 29 x 21.5″
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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 30 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.