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Nov 20, 2014. - May 31, 2015.

In The Box: Saya Woolfalk

ChimaTEK Life Products

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Shown above, a video still from Saya Woolfalk, ChimaTEK: Hybridization Machine, 2013. Click to enlarge.

Step into a trade show for a new species of hybrid, cloned humans. Step into a new world created by the highly lauded New York City artist Saya Woolfalk.

Saya Woolfalk will present an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, as part of her exhibition opening. She'll be joined by her musical collaborator, and up-and-coming artist in his own right, DJ Spooky, aka Paul Miller. For details on our Third Thursday event, click here.

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The Hybridization Machine. Photo courtesy of the artist. Click image to enlarge.

Using multimedia and mixed-media creations, Woolfalk creates The Empathics, a group of women who have perfected a way to clone a new species that's half-human, half-plant.

This is an art installation in three parts. There's a video for ChimaTEK, the company the Empathics founded for the creation of their Life Products line. There's a Hybridization Machine for at-home use that allows users to remix themselves in new ways, and there's a Combustion Chamber for a mysterious fuel behind the conversions of humans to chimera. The Combustion Chamber was created to Woolfalk's specifications by the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.

Woolfalk's work evokes questions ranging from the formation of personal identity to humankind's exploitation of the natural world for profit. It's a hallucinogenic vision of the intersection of technology and utopian dreams that defies simple categorization. For more on her work and her characters, click here.

Woolfalk will appear at the Chrysler for a free artist's talk on the night of the opening, and for details click here.

In The Box: Saya Woolfalk will be on view from Nov. 20, 2014 to May 31, 2015.