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Bobby Gryzynger, CLOUD CAFE | MFA Thesis Show Opens March 22nd

March 11, 2014  by: Natalie Fleming


CLOUD CAFE – New Work by Bobby Gryzynger
March 22nd – April 5th, 2014
Opening Reception: March 22nd, 8pm-11pm

Big Orbit Gallery
30D Essex Sreet
Buffalo, New York

Cloud Cafe is an interactive exploration of the current state of technology engagement, electronic surveillance and cultures of sharing. The work features a unique juxtaposition of old and new technologies presented in an ephemeral Internet cafe. Within the cafe environment, the project is comprised of two elements: an array of 100 handmade light bulbs and a network surveillance system. Through the interaction of these elements, and the viewers’ experience of them, Cloud Cafe engages with our contemporary experience of technology both in the manner in which it is awe-inspiring and deeply troubling.

My current work incorporates video, computer programming, digital image making, installation and craft media. By combining these practices and using them in unconventional and oppositional manners I attempt to tease out the tactical applications of each. My work explores the opposition between the public and private spheres in order to question and challenge relationships to power. Psychologically, my work seeks to explore the inner, hidden lives of subjects embedded in public/private power dynamics.


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