The argument over "What is art?" probably began when humans started drawing on the walls of caves. Plato and Aristotle argued about it in ancient Greece. Art has come a long way since the days of philosophizing in togas. Both philosophers would have considered Jackson Pollock full of bunk, but their minds would've been truly boggled by Richard Garet's Sonochrome. Garet's new work is a series of digitally produced geometric images that, when viewed separately, don't seem to mean much. But when meshed together on video, the images transform into what I imagine would look like white noise on George Jetson's television. Or, for the artistic conspiracy theorists, an eye-bending screensaver that could trigger a zombie-like hypnosis. Now that's art with a purpose. Sonochrome: An Exhibition of New Work by Richard Garet runs through December 5 at The Public Trust, 2921-C Commerce St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Visit trustthepublic.com for more information.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 7. Continues through Dec. 5, 2009