Huntclub l Anybodys Ascension l Trudy Elmore

ANYBODYS ASCENSION
3D Compositions by Trudy Elmore
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov 17th, 7-11PM
Runs Until: December 5th, 2016
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With her right hand Trudy E. Elmore has a firm grip on the metaphysical realms of human experience - spirituality, mythology, abstraction. With the left she commands the empirical - consciousness, science, and technology, with equal force. The junction of these two worlds is a seamlessly integrated third reality, Elmore’s allegorical visualizations of a parallel plane. 

In her series of tableaux vivantes, Elmore stages groups of skeletal figures and digital humanoids in semi-terrestrial environments: constructed rocky outcroppings, gardens, and infinite glass panes. In several scenes the figures are carefully postured, their body language adapted from our interactions with technology. In others, Elmore uses the perception of touch between the figures to elicit a human response. Instead of contending our intrinsic connection to technology and its byproduct, we are invited to situate our awareness in her three-dimensional plane as a study of ourselves. Through the dramatic tension of pose and scene, the artists grants us the ability to connect with her anthropomorphic figures and encourages us to transcend the uncanny valley.

The intersection of spirituality and technology is deeply fascinating to Elmore; “the rise of figures like the cyborg and artificial intelligence are forcing us to question the ontological gap between technology and nature”. In Anybodys Ascension, Elmore explores how technology affects our emotions and our relationship to the digital. The criterion that exists for this paradigm is often limited by visions of a dystopian future that rejects the past. For Elmore the suspension of time, originating on the limitless planes of a digital X, Y, and Z axis is a study of tenderness, humanity and nature.

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Trudy Erin Elmore is a digital artist based in Toronto, Canada. She was recently awarded the Governor General Award and the Emerging Digital Artist Award in 2016. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In her practice she explores issues of impermanence, technological evolution and the paradoxical human condition relating to and existing in a hyper consumer culture. By translating the narratives and posturing of traditional image making into the digital realm, she seeks to overcome the alienating qualities of CG.