Ellen Sandor and Chris Kemp
Duratrans, Kodalith, Plexiglas
kasia kay art projects gallery, Bridge Art Fair Chicago 2007, Artropolis produced by the Merchandise Mart in conjunction with Art Chicago 2007
Gerhard Mantz, Ellen Sandor, and Chris Kemp of (art)n collaborate to bring an ominous yet truly enchanting virtual rainforest environment to life. The scene draws attention towards clustered plants, offering only that much transparency, one can guess there is a sunny world outside, but without being there, you do not know if you ever will. One might imagine wading through the water, even swimming, but this is an insecure and ambivalent area, let alone the leeches. And then it is like in these movies where the protagonist eventually comes to an exit of the cave, he can see the light, smell the air, yet the exit is blocked or barred. But here the area of the water is crucial. This is where one enters the image plane and this palm leaf is there, but too far to reach out and grab it.