Hollow Point/Strange Laugh
Nancy Baker Cahill
Tuesday, April 17, 7-10 PM
Hollow Point/Strange Laugh is a special one-night event at LACE featuring five original drawings in Virtual Reality, groundbreaking Augmented Reality experiences through Nancy Baker Cahill’s free app, 4th Wall, and related works on paper and canvas. The Hollow Point/Strange Laugh series augments and expands upon Baker Cahill’s abiding obsession: the body as an unknowable abstraction and site of struggle. In the immersive void of VR and the altered reality of AR, Baker Cahill literally puts the viewers inside her drawings. In doing so, she attempts to provoke an empathic response on the part of the viewer—to experience self-reflection as one considers one’s own body and the bodies of others as engaged in an ongoing, unsettled contest— filled with vulnerability, strength, discomfort, and defiance. Her newest VR drawing, Strange Laugh, was created in response to, and inspired by, Acts to Objects, an exhibition on view at the same time.
Inspired to innovate beyond current VR drawing apps, and in an effort to integrate her established drawing techniques on paper, Baker Cahill developed her own signature brush strokes to create the works in VR. Each VR drawing is animated and includes original sound design. Her 2D drawings reflect the neuroanatomical influence of her work in VR. In each drawing, Baker Cahill suspends shattered forms in isolated moments of frozen velocity. At this event, Baker Cahill will challenge viewers’ understanding of embodied space, blend the most ancient artistic practice with the most futuristic, and underscore her commitment to innovating tools in the inchoate realm of VR fine art and public access to AR fine art.