The Challenge

Extending the flatness of the image into multidimensional habitats, the works of Montreal-based artist Sabrina Ratté explore the electronic image as physical space, residing in both tangible and virtual expanses. On view at Young Projects, the artist’s first solo show encompasses site-specific installations exploring video as environment— including ‘Common Areas’ presented as a sprawling, room-sized, four-channel installation; prints with video augmentation, and several single-channel videos.

The Solution

Drawn by atmosphere and spatial memory, Ratté utilizes video to revel in the transparencies of epistemological space. Sculpting electronic signals into architectures, her practice permeates from a deep-rooted interest in engaging with the image itself and extending the parameters inherent to its frame. The show’s title refers to the expression for small geographic regions with no registered or official name. Evoking a site existing in the imaginary or secrecy, the concept relates to Ratté’s conversation with architecture— cultivating a dialogue informed by the [in]visible landscape and the [un]built nature of place.

The Artist

Sabrina Ratté’s video practice investigates the creation of virtual environments generated by analog technologies. Concurrent to her project with composer Roger Tellier-Craig as Le Révélateur, she has exhibited with Paddles On! at Phillips (New York), EMPAC (Troy), Museum of the Moving Image (New York), International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2016 Pulse New York – Contemporary Art Fair, BIAN (Montreal), Lampo (Chicago), Elektra (Montreal), MUTEK (Montreal, Mexico, Barcelona). Her videos have been released with Root Strata and Undervolt & Co. She is part of the online collective Computers Club.