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Works by single artist operating as two individuals on display at I space


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two single channel videos, color, mono
10 minutes
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Pre-type: Double REM Sleep
single channel, split-screen video, color, stereo
1 minute

Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
Mary Antonakos, I space director

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The boundaries of human duality are expanded and examined in an exhibition on view Nov. 21 through Dec. 20 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

“CarianaCarianne: Relational Compositions” explores the concept of dual identities within a single being, as represented by two artists occupying a single body. “CarianaCarianne is the name of two individuals, Cariana and Carianne, who occupy one body and are collaborators,” says Julie Rodrigues Widholm, a curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Featured in the exhibition is CarianaCarianne’s evolving body of work, including drawings, sculpture, video and installation that investigates this duality, sometimes from a legal perspective.

Considering the work of CarianaCarianne, Widholm wrote: “To be expected, this notion is difficult for many to accept. However … for viewers to fall into a trap of preconceived notions and stereotypes of insanity would be to miss the profound metaphors within their work to which anyone can relate on a most basic human level.”

An opening reception is planned in conjunction with the exhibition, from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago.

I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.