This panoramic video work made by emergent artist Sandra Rosas Ridolfi deconstructs one of the most revolutionary modern structures: the skyscraper. Fascinated with the symmetry and repetition common to highrise buildings that fill Chicago’s cityscape, Ridolfi spends hours recording the architecture and the corresponding pattern of daylight and human activity weaving in, around, and through it. Highrise distorts our perception of the urban grid by focusing on the texture and movement inherent to the concrete jungle. Notions of temporality take on surprising nuances in Ridolfi’s Highrise. The artist transposes video footage of the urban landscapes taken during the winter season to portray the actual conditions affecting the Center’s faÃ§ade in real time during the run of the exhibition. Subtlety, the incongruities between the video and its canvas of the Hyde Park Art Center’s architecture heighten the viewer’s awareness of human presence in seasonal time.
About Sandra Rosas Ridolfi
Sandra Rosas Ridolfi earned a BFA in Mexico City before becoming an active member of the Chicago art scene when moving to the city in 2005 to pursue an MFA in Art and Technologies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited in a number of local and international venues including participation in group exhibitions such as Fideofest in Tallin, Estonia, and Chicago’s all night art festival, Looptopia, in 2008. Ridolfi currently serves as an instructor of holography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.