The Eventualities Come
August 11 - September 20, 2018
KT Duffy creates carnal and colorful transmedia mashups that protrude outside of easy definition and circle cheekily around deep issues of humanity. Duffy’s interest in emerging technologies and their relationship to the evolution of the human animal is what drives their practice. The Eventualities Come explores the ever narrowing gap between the Digital and the Physical, which they approach as binaries akin to Male and Female. Leveraging the undefined areas between these binaries, Duffy links binary constructions into new semi-organic forms, where no entity is bound to a singular reality, substance, or expression. The artist generates a variety of digital and physical forms that arise from digital fabrication, code, and video-based moving images. These snippets are then combined into more complex mashups which utilize the logic breakdowns or “glitches” that occur when joining conflicting frameworks.
Drawing from an expansive and obsessively created “library” of code snippets and CAD (Computer-aided Design)/CAM (Computer-aided manufacturing) forms, Duffy creates pieces that evolve and inherit attributes from each other. These entities navigate fleshy terrain, as singular organisms or part of a larger gaggle of “lumpy friends”, producing 3D abstractions which serve to challenge the notion that there is any right way to exist in a body.
KT Duffy (b. 1987) is a new media artist and educator from Chicago, IL. They received their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014, where they subsequently taught for two years. Their work has most recently been shown in a two person exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art and solo exhibition corresponding with their residency as PIXELFACE (collaboration with Ali Seradge) at LoRez Brewery in Chicago. They are currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL.
*The title for the exhibition comes from the poem, (untitled), by CHEKWUBE DANLADI, whom KT Duffy recently collaborated with, kicking off a series of ongoing works, during their residency at the Vermont Studio Center, summer 2018.