Volte-Face (About-Face) explores the motif of the human face through a collection of digitally fabricated sculptures and images. Through many forms of mediating the human image, Bryan Cera invites viewers to examine both utopian and cynical elements of emergent technologies and the ways they shape human identity.
Employing primitive processes— drawing on paper, building with clay – along with contemporary ones— 3D Printers, computer numerical controlled robots— these objects celebrate technology freed from a prescribed utilitarian role. This represents a technological maturation of expression of the artistic gesture. It also articulates Cera's curiosity about the relationship between his artistic vision and how it is realized through machine processes. But in his choice of subject, Cera also critiques the reciprocal nature of humanity and technology. We shape technology, but it also shapes our perception of ourselves.
Throughout Volte-Face, the presentation of the human form mirrors a humanity that has been globalized and digitized: disembodied, impersonal, anonymous. Volte-Face asks us to meditate on the technologies that re-mediate us.