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  • Zhou B, Art NXT Level Projects /33 Contemporary 1029 West 35th Place, FL. 4 Chicago, IL, 60609 United States (map)

Whether overtly and dynamically, or in subtle, subliminal ways, objects, symbols, and people speak to us. Gateway examines these transmissions, multiple dimensions of reality interweaving biological anatomy with spiritual energies and the psychoerotic.

The connection between mathematics, the human form, and art goes back thousands of years. For example, the Garay alphabet that was devised in 1961 by Assane Faye, a Senegalese artist, is used often as the written language of the Wolof. Abstract signs, ideographs, cosmograms, and symbols are deeply significant in indigenous expression, yet such were often long dismissed as either devoid of meaning or merely ornamental. In a relatively recent paradigm shift, it is now widely acknowledged that abstract or nonrepresentational pattern languages and body gesturing of non-Western traditions often provide cohesive, versatile, complex, and sometimes subversive systems of meaning that inscribe core cultural themes and knowledge.

This exhibition invites the viewer to explore the anatomic to academic; ancestral to abstract channels we utilize to access and communicate with each other.

Featuring Jason McPhillips, Jerome Lagarrigue, Liz Mares, Lucy Slivinski, Marcus Leslie, Natasha Kohli, Raub Welch, Sadie Woods, Sonja Henderson, and Vaughn Spann. Curated by Janice Bond.

Earlier Event: November 6
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Later Event: January 29
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