Chris Rackley: Protoscapes

RAC²: Rochester Area Collaborative

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5  |  6 – 8 pm
Artist talk at 7 pm

Chris Rackley’s studio practice includes drawing, painting, and video making. Recently Rackley has been interested in building contraptions that generate live video of fictional astronomical objects.  These contraptions consist of televisions connected to small cameras that are accompanied by mixed media sculptural arrangements, establishing dynamic relationships between two-dimensional moving images and three-dimensional structures.  In this on-going series, Rackley explores the disjointed relationship between observation and knowledge in regards to attempts to understand fundamental reality.  Inspired in equal parts by particle physics research, science fiction tropes, and filmmaking strategies, Rackley’s video sculpture generates an experience of looking and connecting disparate parts through two distinct medias, unified here.

RAC2 serves eleven counties including Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. With this series RAC has broadened and diversified the creative opportunities for Rochester area artists as RAC’s professional staff serves both a curatorial and mentorship role, working directly with the artists on their vision and the implementation of a new project. This collaboration creates an enriching experience and an exciting venue and program for artists practicing in our area. It also offers the community the opportunity to celebrate local artistic achievement. We look forward to further supporting talented artists and all the possibilities that RAC2offers.

RAC² is supported by Rochester Downtown Alliance, The Judy & Jim Sloan Foundation, and Maggie & Dr. Paul Scanlon.