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EMERGING ART IN GALLERY 9
OCHEN K.'S COMMUNITY


COMING SOON



This month Gallery 9 presents Ochen K.'s Community, the most recent Emerging Artists/Emergent Medium.2 net art commission made possible by the Jerome Foundation. It's often suggested that our high-tech culture is contributing to the erosion of communities--that as we become enamored of our technological tools, we become isolated from our humanity. To make their case, theorists point to the decline of individuals' participation in activities such as church groups, recreational clubs, bowling leagues, the P.T.A., and political parties. Politicians, eager to champion the cause, call for family values and a return to the nuclear family. Minneapolis-based artist Ochen K. challenges these traditional notions in his latest work, Community, and offers thoughts toward an alternative: presenting new ideas of community and communal relationships, and encouraging community within ourselves--in solitude rather than loneliness. For more information on these and other Jerome-sponsored projects, visit the Web site at www.walkerart.org/gallery9/jerome/.