The summer program at parallel provides a platform for the artists of Aspect/Ratio, a Chicago-based Gallery with a strong focus on video art. The artists on display arrive from different backgrounds and countries of origin and the work testify to this diversity. The six videos use written words and texts, refer to ancient myth and contemporary affairs, participate in DIY and punk culture, and address built- and natural- environment. The result is the most diverse video program at parallel to date, whose stylistic and thematic variety speaks to the wide range of issues with which video artists engage today.read more
The videos participating in this cycle of video art at Parallel revolve around ideas of describing and identifying landscapes. Landscapes have a long tradition in art as a genre where the political and aesthetic are deeply intertwined. The three female artists included in the cycle define the term broadly as they engage with different aspects of this representational traditions; at times it is the female body that is treated as a physical site, on other cases it is the pictorial plane that becomes a landscape. One video explores urban space, while two others examine the natural world, yet not as a sublime untouched territory by nature that is man-made.read more
The videos participating in this new cycle of video art programing at Parallel all revolve around the theme of balance vs. loss of control. The videos explore these ideas both concretely and metaphorically: at times equilibrium is expressed as a physical task while in others as a metaphor, life goal, or political reality. One piece concentrates on the possibility of finding— or losing —balance by striking a challenging physical position, while another uses the physical to make a statement regarding power struggles in the political realm. Two works express the loss of control and tipping off balance through whimsical play or overflow of energy, suggesting that one’s search for stability and attempting to hold chaos at bay is an obstacle for creativity and joy, and the last piece deals with the idea of work-life balance through the story of a factory worker.read more
This program of video art at Parallel brings together works which take on the topic of nature through a variety of approaches and means; Each video articulates its own position and point of view in relation to nature, as a site, a place, as reality or as concept.read more
PPaRRaLLeLL, the third iteration of video-art screening at Parallel, is comprised of a series of pairs. Each video is coupled with an odd partner, a pairing that exposes hidden motifs and unearths surprising themes. These pairings expose new issues within each piece – be it stylistic, thematic, or conceptual – thus causing our perception of each work to change. At the same time, this coupling also reveals how our mind operates with its desire to make sense and meaning of what first may appear random or erratic.read more
August 1st through September 23rd
“Walking Along the Lines” – Parallel’s first video art program – presented a series of video works that focused on articulating and exploring movement.
The current cycle, “Running in Circles” – on view from August 1st to September 23rd – embodies the theme of movement in its syntax; instead of obeying a strict thematic line, the works selected for this program are tied together associatively. Works with different styles, paces and themes come together in a circular game of tag, whereby one element from the first work is informing the selection of the next piece, which in turn gives way for another motif that is echoed in the following video, and so forth.read more
May 16th through June 30th
The artworks included in our video program mirror the essence behind Parallel’s vision: creativity, exploration, discovery, and attention to detail all alchemizing to bring beautiful things to life. The 11 works on display were created by Middle Eastern artists, representing the cultures and traditions that influence Parallel’s cuisine and identity.