MARCH 2015

Civic TV Laboratories is pleased to present Suzy Poling's exhibition "Refractive Dimension: Transmissive Mirror Studies".  Along with the installation and prints Poling will conduct a performance piece as POD BLOTZ the night of the opening.

Refractive Dimensions is a presentation of 15 photographic prints about optical complexities and spatial understandings by use of mirrors and light on a table top. By blocking out portions of light and positioning cut mirrors, endless reflections contort and refractive errors occur creating illusions of a larger dimensional space. Poling is sharing her ongoing photographic series called, "Light Apparitions" in conjuncture with an experiential installation involving video art, mirrored sculptures, sound and performance art. The video art was made with video feedback and mirrors, and will be projected onto other reflective materials and mirrors within the gallery. The photographs and installation aim to show experimental ways in which related division is possible in space by observing patterns of darkness and light regenerate endlessly. 


Suzy Poling is from Michigan, studied at Columbia College in Chicago, lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade and now resides in Los Angeles. She is a multi-media visual artist working with photography, sound, painting, collage, film, video, performance, installation and sculpture. She researches the multi-dimensional interferences of the organic and mechanical through almost every medium. Specifically, she works with analog and digital media, refraction of optics and mirrors, sonic resonance and electrical synthesis, geometric abstraction, chemical reactions with paint and film, performance art and ritual, photographic studies of geological anomalies, volcanic sites and natural volatile minerals.

Poling has performed her musical project under the moniker, Pod Blotz for over a decade. She has put out over 20 musical releases and has performed across the U.S. and at festivals like the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and Colour out of Space Festival in the U.K. Her visual work has been shown or performed at the Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, Southern Exposure, Chicago Cultural Center, Queen's Nails Projects, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Australian Center for Photography, Aperture Foundation, The LAB and Human Resources. She has exhibited six solo shows in San Francisco, Chicago and Portland. She is represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago, Aimee Frieberg/CULT Exhibitions in San Francisco and WOAH in Los Angeles. In 2012, She was nominated for the SECA award from the SFMOMA. Her artwork has been published in New York Times, Wired Magazine, Dazed Digital, Harper's Magazine, Beautiful Decay Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and multiple book compilations and album covers. Poling’s has lectured at the De Young Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for the Arts, Cal Poly University and the California College of Arts. She has ongoing collaborations with various artists such as Kamau Amu Patton, Astral Eyes, Ian Miyawaki, and Julia Solis.

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