Chris Basmajian / News /

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You know that art and egos go hand in hand. But what would it be like to have your ego on display? Be prepared to be a part of the art at the upcoming event, “The Heap Presents: Altered Egos” at Space Gallery on May 1, 2009.

Video artist Chris Basmajian is one of 19 artists and music acts invited to participate in this multidisciplinary event curated by The Heap. He will present an interactive video installation that engages gallery visitors, projecting their images onto the windows of Space Gallery and into the public space beyond. “My work explores the tensions between people, their image, and their self-image. I use processed real-time video of viewers as a basis for playful, humorous, and sometimes unsettling interactive experiences.”

Basmajian’s work has been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers in the United States, including ArtHouse Gallery in San Francisco, California, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California; NYC Resistor in Brooklyn; the Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Chris Basmajian was born in San Jose, California, in 1972. He received an M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The Heap is a semi-anonymous media collective including video artists, graphic designers, programmers, sculptors, artists, and curators. The Heap is an amebic harbinger of manipulation, with an emphasis on work with interactive, self-reflexive, and experiential components.” Other participants in “Altered Egos” are visual artists Liz Maher, Bonnie Banks, Grant Earl Levalley, Scott Moffet, Zach Nash, Jason Gowens, Scott Brown, Mary Hill, Jenny Gag, and John O'Donnel, and sound artists Thomas Dimuzio, Nero's Day at Disneyland, Celine Dion, Coconut, and Spider Compass Good Crime Band, DJ Fontana Williams and DJ Primo.
“The Heap Presents: Altered Egos” will be held from 8 pm to 2 am at Space Gallery, 1141 Polk Street, San Francisco, May 1, 2009.


Press Contact:
Chris Basmajian

May 2009