3 artists explore the half-life of material art objects in an age dominated by digital forms
Digital ExpressionismThe Suzanne Geiss Company (76 Grand Street, New York, NY) Map it Free
The Suzanne Geiss Company is pleased to present Digital Expressionism, an exhibition of new works by Ben Wolf Noam, Greg Parma Smith, and Korakrit Arunanondchai, exploring the half-life of material art objects in an age dominated by digital forms. The exhibition will open at 76 Grand Street on September 5, 2013 from 6-8pm and will be on view through October 17.
Digital tools can both mimic material phenomena and become art historical reference points. These three artists trace image manipulation devices like paint-brush, gradient, and alpha-mask to produce works that translate emerging vocabularies of digital image production back into analog painting and sculpture.
Arunanondchai, Parma Smith, and Wolf Noam explore questions about the heroic artist and the universality of expression:
-Is the laptop hermit heir to the Modernist ingénue?
-Is the blackbox of technology today’s eccentric genius?
-Does algorithmic precision realize or relegate the promise of a common visual language?
In search of answers, the gallery will be transformed into a temple for the digital age by Wolf Noam’s series of 15-foot gradient painted columns. Arunanondchai builds a stage from manipulated denim that fuses networks of global commerce, fashion, and spectacle. On the stage, a denim “painting” created using digital printing and superimposition is part MC, part runway model, part sacrifice. Parma Smith takes to the walls as an easel painter gone rogue. His mural-sized oil paintings of original graffiti call up cultural references that point to his own artistic identity.
Physical elements of lived scale, personal history, and expressive gesture fuse with digital processes and aesthetics. The formal strategies and material consequences of digital manipulation emerge: compression, transposition, and texture-mapping become physical, personal, emotional, (and vice versa) in our artists’ varied, networked pursuits.
Digital Expressionism is organized by Ben Wolf Noam.
A multimedia performance series that ties the installation to similar themes explored in dance, performance art, music, and film will punctuate the exhibition. Performances and screenings will take place on Saturdays through October 19. Detailed schedule forthcoming.