net art pieces
A Web-based installation with seven on-line projects
is being curated by Christiane Paul, consulting
curator for New Media at the Whitney Museum in New York.
The works range from live streaming images and tools
for interactive collages to photo database and image
mapping systems open to submissions by Web visitors.
an on-line project by French artist Claude
Closky challenges the meaning of "interactivity"
in cyberspace and ubiquitous use of numbers in 20th
Gumshoe, Opus 23, "moonlighting"
by New York artist Martha Burgess, explores complex
forms of animation, interactive digital video, wall
pieces, and photography based on portraiture and the
psychology of representation. Her new work explores
the sinister side of the American dream, by means of
a road trip juxtaposing the richness of the American
landscape with vignettes including random acts of violence
and the sense of impending doom in the postcard representation
of the American land.
is a new project by Houston-based artist team
MANUAL (Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom)
which has pioneered computer-based art. The work is
a still-frame projected animation where change is constant
but occurring at such a slow rate that at any given
moment, the screen appears as a fixed image. The principal
subject matter is the natural landscape, which itself
gives the illusion of being in a relatively fixed state
although it is constantly undergoing change. "Our intention
is to create a metaphorical parallel between the life
of the landscape and that of the computer program which
drives the animation," Bloom states.
German artist and writer Andreas Mueller-Pohle explores the evolution of imagery
from graphic figurativeness to defiguration, including
an eight-part digital recoding of the world's first
photograph. The work culminates in a haunting video
Entropia showing the destruction of photographs,
lithographs, and framed pictures by industrial shredders.
by New York artist Charles Cohen,
is a 100-image grid of digital images and related video
spoofing the ubiquitous presence of pornography on the
Internet. By "editing" erotic pictures taken from email
messages, the sexual act becomes negative space, a white
silhouette in vibrant but commonplace surroundings.
contemporary British artist Paul
Smith, builds large, ceiling-hung light boxes
with digitized scenes depicting a TV-oriented series
of aerial adventures in which the artist casts
himself as every man's Superman.
With scenes reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch paintings,
Seattle artist Anna Ullrich creates densely layered digital color images where women
emerge as both aggressor and spectator in worlds filled
with eroticism and fantasy.
Oliver Wasow, a New York
artist, presents digitally constructed landscapes that
seamlessly combine urban and rural scenery in garishly
seductive but disturbing color. The prints are accompanied
by the first gallery presentation of Somewhere Else,
a four-city-block-long animated TV-installation created
for the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, and seven new digital
Houston-based artist Prince V. Thomas constructs science
fiction digitalizations of everyday pharmaceuticals
for men that are used to control everything from aging
to sexual potency.
Sandro Oramas, a Venezuelan artist,
presents his vision of the metropolis of the future,
a series of dream-like landscapes made from the motherboards
of discarded computers. The works are put together in
exquisite giclée laser print portfolios reminiscent
of engraving portfolios.
Casey Williams, a Houston-based
artist, works with digital billboard technology to transform
color transparencies of the water line on the hulls
of freighters into large color-saturated abstract canvases
resembling color-field paintings.
Portraits in Social Practice
In this series, Los Angeles artist Scott Griesbach constructs performance narratives on
the computer referencing art history, art criticism,
political history, and art politics.
George Krause, a Texas artist
known for his meticulous silver gelatin prints, abandons
traditional photographic techniques for high key digitally
produced portraits, where people seem to float in luminous
Fraser Stables, a Scottish-born,
Houston-based artist creates architectonic spaces and
specially constructed light boxes on which he projects
both static and moving images that interact with the
viewer's presence and challenge our perception about
what it is we are seeing.
Contemporary French artist Valéry Grancher will create a new, live performance
of digital video projections with DJ Angel exploring
the relationship of time, physical travel, and musical