Holodeck, Derek Frech
November 10 – December 17, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 6-9 pm
Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art is pleased to present Holodeck, a solo exhibition by Derek Frech. Holodeck presents a group of works from an imagined future where nature is viewed nostalgically through technological simulation. Using video projections, objects and images, Holodeck exudes synthetic propositions onto the natural world.
A Holodeck is a simulated reality facility from the fictional Star Trek universe. Frech uses this reference to posit a future in which the natural and the technological have become seamlessly intertwined. The individual works that comprise Holodeck present a world where the constructs of technology have been grafted onto the DNA of the natural world. Water, earth and fire become simulated entities. In the video projection ‘Metamorphism of Limestone into Marble’, a large mass of rock slowly grows until the field of view is completely encompassed by the engorged mass. It is evolution driven by mathematical formula. Frech proposes the possibility that there may come a time when the natural world and the technological world will coalesce into an indistinguishable whole. The objects and images in Holodeck project a time and place where nature is managed completely by technology.
Derek Frech is a Philadelphia based artist and the co-director of Extra Extra Gallery. Holodeck is his first solo exhibition at Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art. The exhibition opens on Thursday, November 10th with an opening reception with the artist from 6 to 9 pm. Holodeck closes on Saturday, December 17, 2011