"Rusty Shackleford: Dream Feeder" and "Katie Torn: Dream House"
Subway: Blue to Division
Event Info: (773) 235-8874 rootsandculturecac.org
Two new exhibitions at Root & Culture are the stuff dreams are made of. For his scanner-based experiments with "color, light, paint and discard," Shackleford uses pages sourced from books and magazines for background. The artist, who has cited dumpster diving as part of his process, favors a nostalgic aesthetic, taking inspiration from the dated grain and faded colors of found images. For "Dream House," a series of hyperrealistic digital prints and video work, Torn used 3D computer software (the same that's employed for Hollywood films and commercials) to create virtual sculptures that comment on consumerism, technology and the increasing time we spend in virtual spaces.