NEW BRITAIN - The Central Connecticut State University Art Gallery will host an opening reception and artist talk Thursday for the exhibition “Crypto$Crystal,” by Plakookee.
Plakookee is a Washington D.C.-based creative collaborative of Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas, and the exhibition will present the pair’s newest work.
It will include an immersive two-channel video projection, combining live-action video, 3D animation and sound design with digital elements drawn from the artists’ practice in photography, sculpture, performance and new media work.
“Crypto$Crystal” intends to address the contradictory nature of digital art in the 21st century through a juxtaposition of value and spirituality.
This will be done by comparing the current growth in cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, and in digital technology trends such as app production. It will also address renewed interest in spirituality - from yoga to crystal meditation - in Western culture.
The opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the art gallery on the second floor in the S.T. Chen Fine Arts Center of Maloney Hall. The talk by Plakookee will begin at 5 p.m.
All gallery events are free and open to the public, with free parking available in the Welte Garage attached to the building. Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, visit the gallery website at ccsu.edu/art/galleries or call 860-832-2633.