Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Installed" digital works in my apartment

Tonight I decided to try and "instal" some art in my apartment (without permission). The two pieces are screensaver 2 (curtains), by Arend deGruyter-Helfer and, by Duncan Malashock.

Arend's work on the blinds. is where my desk used to be when I first moved in.

The photo's are not so good, so check out the works in person to get a better idea of what they are.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fwd: The Convent

curated by Celia Rowlson-Hall >>presented by Eye Level Gallery
featuring installations, video, photography, paintings and performances by >>>>

Camille and Stewart
Allison Cave
Jen Dunlap
Leah Durner
David Fishel
Katie Klencheski
Ian lynch
S. Billie Mandle
Sarah Beth Percival
Jonathan Melville Pratt
C J Rosenthal
Celia Rowlson-Hall
Marc Vinciguerra
Emily Wroe

Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor

Eye games

from Portraits Drawings, by Angelo Plessas

see also: from 2007, originally titled

Monday, August 17, 2009

Thinking about these again this morning

Telephone Picture EM 2, by László Moholy-Nagy

"In 1922 I ordered by telephone from a sign factory five paintings in porcelain enamel. I had the factory's color chart before me and I sketched my paintings on graph paper. At the other end of the telephone the factory supervisor had the same kind of paper, divided into squares. He took down the dictated shapes in the correct position. (It was like playing chess by correspondence.) One of the pictures was delivered in three different sizes, so that I could study the subtle differences in the color relations caused by the enlargement and reduction."

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fwd: ScreenGrab.1

Screen Grab.1
August 14th, 8PM
Nightingale Cinema
1084 North Milwaukee
Chicago IL, 60622

Screen Grab.1
Artists Included ::
Petra Cortright
Dennis Knopf
Oliver Laric
Guthrie Lonergan
Travess Smalley
Rick Silva

Organized by ::
Nicholas O'Brien

Screen Grab, a new series curated by jonCates and Nicholas O'Brien for Nightingale Cinema, aims to bring New Media Art to experimental cinema audiences in order to create dialog. Although the language doesn't differ greatly between these camps, there still remains a dislocation. Screen Grab hopes that this process will create more overlap in the continuing discourse of moving image arts.

Some works in this program need little help with this process. Oliver Laric's Versions, for instance, is as much a nod towards Chris Marker as it to 4chan (a message board that serves as a meme breeding ground). Travess Smalley's Liquify can certainly be connected to durational films without much hesitation, not to mention its direct like with psychedelic cinema of the 60s and 70s; Photoshop is the new overhead projector. Petra Cortright's Dragon_Ball_P also fuses the psychedelic with technological. In utilizing the campy preset effects of webcam software, Cortright creates a lo-fi dance that seems like a Skype ritual ceremony. Dennis Knopf's Office Party borrows from flicker films and the superimposition that occurs through the use of this cinema device. However, Knopf's work shows what was once sensational (i.e. Paul Sherit's T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G), might have become bland (corporate office portraits). Guthrie Lenrgan's 3 Notes, on the other hand, references the emerging hybridity that is found in digital environments. The youtube collage of sound in this piece exemplifies the subtle juxtapositions that can occur through online communities. Likewise, Rick Silva (releasing previous projects under the pseudonym Abe Linkoln) uses glitch aesthetics in AntlersWifi to contemplate the abundance of blog culture. He uses these spaces as a medium for calculated data dumping, noise compacting, and saturation zones where he crafts a new cinema dialog of image corruption and sonic dissonance.

Screen Grab.1 as well as being the inaugural show for the series, will also raise funds for an upcoming collaborative project called Expressive Media Express that will occur during Chicago Artists Month in October. This initiative is designed to encourage creative use of digital tools and simultaneously showcase Chicago's energetic New Media community to youth in the city. By creating a weekend-long interactive slate of programs – including workshops, a screening, and a historical timeline installation of Digital Media Arts in Chicago and abroad – organizers Jon Cates, Christy LeMaster, and Nicholas O'Brien hope to provide software and hardware skills that put the basic tools of digital media in the hands of kids at an early stage and reposition the conversation away from technophobic fear and into playful discovery.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Human-Plant Hybrid

Eduardo Kac
Natural History of the Enigma,
transgenic flower with artist's own DNA expressed in the red veins


Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Jason Lazarus, Self portrait as an artist making something contemporary 2004, archival inkjet print, 17 x 23 inches- Curator Karen Archey

"August 6 - August 28, 2009

Opening Reception: August 6, 6-8pm

Organized by: amani olu

P.P.O.W Gallery
511 W. 25th Street, 301

Curators: Karen Archey // Cecilia Jurado // Megha Ralapati // Jose Ruiz // Nico Wheadon // Cleopatra's (Bridget Donahue, Bridget Finn, Kate McNamara & Erin Somerville) // Women in Photography (Amy Elkins & Cara Phillips)

amani olu projects in conjunction with P.P.O.W Gallery is pleased to present Young Curators, New Ideas II, a curator focused group exhibition that examines new voices in contemporary art through the perspective of seven New York based curators. These varied micro-exhibitions experiment with curatorial practice and an exploration of ideas as physical form.

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