CLAUDIA HART
BENEATH THE VEIL

December 1, 2016 – January 24, 2017
First Thursday art walks December 1, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
and January 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Claudia Hart (b. 1955, New York City) is a pioneering media artist and critic whose work often takes the form of virtual 3D animations integrated into multi-channel installations, performances and sculptures. Her works deal with issues of representation, the role of the computer in shifting contemporary values about identity and what might be called the “natural.” Hart aims to de-masculinze the culture of corporate technology by inserting the irrational and the personal into the Cartesian world of digital design. Hart was a 2013-14 honorary fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology and works with Transfer Gallery in New York. Hart lives in Chicago where she is a tenured professor at the School of the Art Institute, in the department of Film Video, New Media and Animation. Upfor simultaneously presents works by Hart at UNTITLED Miami Beach.

 
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JULIE PERINI
THEY HAVE A NAME FOR GIRLS LIKE ME

January 27 - 28, 2017

Julie Perini’s experimental video project, They have a name for girls like me, uses appropriated material from films spanning many cultures and decades with characters named “Julie.” Each time Perini presents the work, she adds more material, offering a cross-section of global fiction narrative filmmaking. The video explores ideas about cinematic identification, the history of representation of women in cinema, and notions of gender as performance. Upfor’s first presentation of this ongoing project was in the group exhibition Self(ie) Portraits. In this new version, Perini re-edited the nearly 40 excerpts to include more filmic material around every utterance of the name, in an exhausting search for an archetypal “Julie.”

 
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JORDAN RATHUS
THAT'S WHY I'M HERE

February 2 – 18, 2016
First Thursday art walk February 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

For her second solo exhibition at Upfor, Jordan Rathus presents a new improvisational docu-narrative. That’s Why I’m Here chronicles a multi-coastal search for an alternative way of life, from the perspective of a character conceived and played by Jordan Rathus. With a mélange of influences from many time periods and cultures, the narrative meanders through an assortment of fictional and nonfictional stories, including the cultural histories of Norway, Iceland, and the Hudson Valley. Morals taken from the Hávamál (a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking Age attributed to the god Odin) are mixed with fragments of Hudson Valley fables, such as “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving, to create inspiration for a wandering soul as her sense of self, time, fiction and the real begin to blend.