Augmented Reality at TXST

A satellite version of our recent exhibition Augmented Reality is on view at Texas State University’s Sabinal Hall Gallery. Learn more about the Photography Department at Texas State. Visit the exhibition at 205 Pleasant St, San Marcos, Texas, TX 78666. Call (512) 245-2611 for gallery hours and parking instructions.

August 28, 2017 – November 2, 2017
Texas State University, Sabinal Photo Gallery

Featuring Susi Brister, Kris Pierce

Augmented Reality examines what impact the digital landscape has on our three-dimensional reality. With our always increasing consumer culture, techniques of illusion, and how we engage with one another and ourselves online, the mediated experience seeps into everyday experience. Sedentary activism, the latest trend of cyberspace, manifests as the liking of a post, “heart-ing” of a photograph, and deleting of an iPhone app. These political statements become “actions” to be observed by fellow smartphone globalists. Augmented Reality is a critical look at digital escapism and current control techniques of our ongoing spectacular society. Through a variety of perspectives, we explore the filters we apply to our “real” world and ones applied for us. The selected works examine desire, status, the currency of perceived experience, histories of illusions as inherent to nature and human interest, and the debris of a day to day life specifically lives mediated and lived through screens. Participating artists include Susi Brister and Kris Pierce.

Susi Brister’s photographic prints reflect on illusion as a technique inherent in nature by integrating shrouded figures into the landscape. The fabrics used also point to a man-made attempt to represent the natural world. Kris Pierce’s work utilizes emerging technologies to compose digital images and satirical videos that critique the covet culture of social media.

“My work explores the interplay between the natural world and the synthetic imitations that humans have conceived to re-create nature. Using manmade materials that echo natural objects (faux fur, artificial flowers, synthetic hair extensions) and patterned textiles that reference aspects of landscape, I explore the slippage between reality and fantasy and the particular human drive to create idealized but thoroughly artificial representations of the natural world.”

-Susi Brister

“My current practice centers around ideas relating to the virtual nature of our modern visual world, and its influence on our physical reality. Life, death, power, love, and sex take on new meaning in the digital world, existing outside the norms of physical society.”

-Kris Pierce