Technology typically is thought to make accomplish functional tasks faster, easier and more efficiently. But what happens when technology, especially high technology, is used for art or for play without regard to function?

“Crossing Wires: Technology and Play” at the Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Road, will feature artworks from nine artists, including Chicago artists Christopher P. Baker, France Cadet, Chaz Evans, Christopher Furman, Tiffany Holmes, Joseph Kohnke, Ozge Samanci, Dave Tolchinksy & Dan Silverstein, and Toby Zallman. The exhibit will be curated by Barbara Blades and Debra Tolchinsky.

The exhibit shows the artists wrestling with a host of contemporary topics ranging from the impact of technology on society to the subjectivity of time.

Whether seriously playful or playfully serious, the works in “Crossing Wires” are meant to provoke reflection and conversation.

Curator Debra Tolchinsky says she wanted to focus on “work that subverted functionality in favor of amusement and absurdity.” 

The non-profit Evanston Art Center encourages lifelong learning in the arts and making the art of our time an accessible and integral part of the community.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Limited parking is available.

The exhibit opens at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, and continues through April 15. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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