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Jason Meyer 

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Jason Meyer's captivating prints and sculptures at Unit B take a distanced, only faintly ironic approach to technology. To make the prints he transferred xeroxed photos of the moon and lunar astronauts to plywood panels, then covered them with wax--which adds a sensual, floating quality to the grid of photocopied pages. Astronaut 3 shows a lone spaceman and the reflection in his visor; Moon 1 is a large photomap with texts that identify seas and craters. The sculptures are more humorous. Poppies is a bundle of shiny black coaxial cables with frayed ends that hint at flowers in bloom. Shazaam is a dense knot of coaxial cables whose ends project aggressively into the space around them, though the ends go in so many directions the result is a hulking biomorphic blob. In all these pieces Meyer seems to be tweaking our industrial culture for its grandiose ambitiousness even as he appreciates the results. Unit B, 1733 S. Des Plaines, through April 5. Hours are noon to 5 Saturday and by appointment; 312-491-9384.


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