American conceptual artist Susan Scafati’s solo show "If a ???? falls…" will be on exhibit in the Bonsack Gallery at John Burroughs School from Thursday, October 11 through Wednesday, November 28, with an opening reception on October 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. "If a ???? falls…" explores existence and perception in the age of smartphones, inviting us to think about how representation of one’s self and one’s world is expressed within our visual, virtual culture today. The core of the exhibit features pigment prints titled "t e x t s c a p e," inspired by the smartphone speech bubble as an everyday icon that comprises our psychological landscape and influences human behavior. Scafati repeatedly layers hand-drawn, hand-cut and projected textboxes made using sunprint, photogram and digital processes, creating multiple form and color iterations and enlarging them beyond smartphone size to up to several feet. Site-specific acrylic installations of the same textbox motif present filtered worlds in flux; their transparent, opaque and mirrored surfaces reference lighting gels, camera filters and stage productions. Scafati will also show Tablet-sized silver gelatin and pigment prints that intentionally work against smartphone camera defaults. Reclaiming free-form creativity and play, Scafati shoots these artworks while manually obscuring the lens with handheld filters and other (non-Photoshop) interventions. These works depart from the textbox icon characterizing the "t e x t s c a p e" artworks, exploring the relationship between digital filters and human perception. All works are titled in emojis. Scafati, a Burroughs alumna from the Class of 1995, currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she has taught at The Contemporary Austin museum. Her work has been shown at Sean Kelly Gallery and Rita K. Hillman Gallery (International Center of Photography) in New York, the Blanton Museum in Austin and with the artist collective, Lakes Were Rivers, at The Contemporary Austin and Harry Ransom Center. She created a four-story installation commissioned for Facebook while serving as an artist-in-residence, and clients have also included the Archer Hotel, the New York Stock Exchange and New York Fashion Week.