The enclosed net(work) of Sherri Chaba's intermedia works forms an estranging experience. The tiny hair like growths, made from soft wire scraps and mesh, have an unnatural resemblance to foliage from a distance and a remarkable reminder of follicles up close. The large scale work "Tenacity" for example can at first strike you as an overhead perspective of a woodland, with clusters of high density growth in some areas over others and the possibility of life deep within the strands of black against a brittle white landscape. But up close, the work takes on the microscopic view of surface, of skin, pushing for an overall haptic quality of the work that is at once sensual and sterile.
Always enjoying a physical engagement more so than just wall works, the sentiment was shared as the interactive installation of "Atrophic Utopia" was a buzz for most of the night with shoeless visitors. A large mesh-like tent, hanging overhead and with a parted entrance, set a top of sub floors. The elevated floor, the separation of space, made a great difference between a piece of work as concept and a work to be actively engaged in. Large cylinder spirals of the same mesh wire material hanged down throughout, conjuring half mythical forest and the other half entrapment. Just slightly needing to crouch as you navigate through the wire, you realize how frail the creation really is. There is a beautiful subtleness to the material and the form, forging a deeper meaning on the dependency of each other.