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Urban Glitch, Philadelphia-based photographer Phil Stein’s solo show featuring carefully crafted city scenes collaged on Plexiglas, opens at Toronto’s Abbozzo Gallery on Friday, March 8 and runs until March 30. “My technique,” the artist says, “is continuously evolving. The first pieces with a design similar to the current state were developed around 2009.” According to Stein, who has focused his lens on street scenes in New York, London and Toronto, “there are many influences that define this imagery, from the fragmentation of online video feeds to the visual and musical sampling so prevalent in our media.” The layering in his images, he adds, “is also a physical representation of string theory’s predicted dimensions, the current concept of the multiverse.” Having been classically trained, he also draws on the golden section and on fractal geometry. “All life on Earth for the first three billion years,” Stein concludes, “was in fractal form, the organic version of digital sampling. It seems this has always been a theme of our space-time continuum. Technology is just a remix.”