The title of Gearhart’s site-specific multimedia installation refers to an imaging technique based on the separation of colors. An adaptation of a term given to an expression of control over the natural spectrum, Chroma Key also refers to contrasts between the natural and unnatural worlds and the spaces between quotidian experience and the imagination.
About Gearhart: “As a child I talked to overlooked plants, animals, and microorganisms and felt strangely connected to them. Specifically, I remember chatting with the rows of potted plants at Walmart and the unseen colonies of germs on my fingertips. I felt how supernatural their presences seemed and, simultaneously, how ethereal my own presence was. I remember feeling I wasn't that different from them in some fundamental way. With those experiences in mind, I have conceived Chroma Key, where plants are not plants, boulders can float, and the sun hibernates inside a drinking jar. Beginning with research into green screens, green houses, and green rooms, I have chosen to bypass the practical value of such places, and to imagine the possibility of those venues combining into one livable cinematic reality as a way to collapse the psychic distance between living beings.”
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