Christina Ray is pleased to present Self-Assembling MP, an exhibition of new work by Darlene Charneco. In a series of new mixed media pieces, jewel-toned and resin-coated surfaces enclose dreamlike habitats or ’’memory palaces’’ where emergent awareness is networked and universally accessible.
Charneco’s work draws on sources including network theory, microbiology, video games, virtual worlds, evolutionary theory and childhood toys. Her participation in online communities Facebook, Flickr and SecondLife inspire her deeply layered landscapes of information. Casting organic patterns of nails, toy parts, glitter, flocking, wood and enamel into clear resin, Charneco’s mixed-media pieces are the sci-fi equivalent of a fly in amber. The results yield deep and intensely colored miniature worlds that literally reflect the plasticity of contemporary culture and cause us to think deeply about spatial memory.