MORE MEETS THE EYE: OPTICAL INNOVATION
Exhibited @ www.gallerythe.org
November 26, 2007 through May 18, 2008
The artists in this exhibition are linked by both a common tool,
the computer, and a common aesthetic thread: a visual complexity
that exposes harmonies and truths normally unavailable to the
un-enhanced eye. They invite you to see deeply and clearly,
following details and building associations to form a reality in
your mind's eye that is bigger than the big picture before you.
Another link: Each artist's methods are innovative, in the sense
that they create their work outside the standard means for making
computer-based visual art, defining their own parameters outside
of those readily available from a pull-down menu. Freedom from
the tyranny of popular tools has opened the door to startilng
insights and expanded horizons. One artist exploits artifacts
within the processes of existing graphics software, extracting
optical data through iterative "abuse" - the bug-turned-feature.
The other two have abandoned existing software entirely, dreaming
up and building their tools from original code before coloring the
first pixel. (I'll let you guess which is which.)
And yet another link: each artist also regularly produces video
work. These still images, complete on their own, can also be
seen in this context as instantaneous glimpses of ongoing systems,
possessing a past and a future. Or perhaps containing within them
the distillation of another, more time-based, process, with the past
and present more explicit than implied.
These artists have created dense experiences for us to unpack
and inhabit, testing the limits of their medium's potential in
original ways. Bringing the work of these artists together in
this exhibition creates an opportunity for conversation, and by
engaging in that dialogue we might triangulate a fresh perspective
on the state of innovative expression in computer-based visual art.