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Robert Chechhi

"60:60 Lights"


Featured Video Artist

February 7-March 23, 2013
Reception Thursday February 14, 7-9pm


Rex Bruce



There is not enough time. Not enough minutes in an hour, hours in a day or days in a week to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves. Time is a constraint. However, the measurement of time is arbitrary. Just as there can be two accepted systems of linear measurement, empirical and metric, it stands to reason that our accepted system for time is just as subjective.

"60:60 Lights" is an abstract visual representation of the movement of time. We accept time as a linear progression. Instead time overlaps itself, speeds up and slows down continually influenced by events both past and future. The child's voice and a child's toy are integral to the video's context. As children we are taught the accepted systems that govern our daily lives. We are taught to not question these systems.

To hear my daughters Maya and Sofia repeat the "wrong" measurement of time is disconcerting. A child's toy also relies on time for its purpose. Toys are appropriate for certain ages at predetermined lengths of time. Again, this is an arbitrary limitation.

The single-channel video "60:60 Lights" is a collage of hundreds of photographs of Lite Brite® layered and repeated. The video explores the complex relationships like time itself, that can be created from these simple forms. It also questions the manner in which we accept or reject the measurement of time and the true sense of what time actually is.



Robert Checchi, who is the Senior Designer at the J. Paul Getty Museum, studied Printmaking at Penn State University receiving his B.F.A. in 1990. In 1993 he received his M.F.A. in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in New York City. At this time Robert's artwork demonstrated an affinity for religiously ethereal black and white washes produced through a monoprint process. These prints were mounted into wooden diptych constructions. In 1996, Robert exhibited two works in Paper, Art and the Book at the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

In 1997 Robert began working on a musical entitled The Atom Affair. Written, directed and produced by Robert, The Atom Affair was a retelling of Oppenheimer's journey to the successful detonation of the first atomic bomb. Employing a ten piece band and life size puppets The Atom Affair was performed for one night only as a staged reading. Robert moved to Los Angeles in 2000.

After a decade long hiatus Robert began producing videos as a way to explore the frustrations of time management in an age where every moment is filled with responsibilities both imagined and real. In 2012 Robert began showing his artwork at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art including one single-channel video in the juried New Media Winners Exhibit as part of the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.








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