Chashama 266 Gallery
266 West 37th Street, 212-391-8151 x 26
July 1 - July 15, 2010
Reception: Friday, July 2, 6 - 8 PM
Chashama is pleased to announce Self High Five Machine an installation by Deniz Ozuygur at chashama 266. In her piece Ozuygur examines her grade-school memory of the high five as the ultimate symbol of acceptance and popularity. Having been on the wrong end of too many “missed it!” and “too slow!” high fives, the artist takes the matter into her own hands.
Using two rubber casts of her right arm, Deniz attempts her own DIY solution. One arm is anchored to a wall. The other is attached to a motor and rotates at a speed of only one rotation per minute. This cinematic slow-motion effect builds suspense and excitement in the audience.
All does not end well, however, as the self high five machine itself produces a less than satisfying brush of the fingers. Yet many optimistic onlookers remain, in the hopes that the next one will be just right