Digital artist Nicolas Sassoon curates an exhibition featuring four artists whose works incorporates metaphysical themes in a time of digital creativity. This group of artists (with the exception of Brenna Murphy) was originally involved in an early web-based collective entitled ‘Computers Club’, producing images, GIFs, videos and HTML pages exhibited online.
Brenna Murphy displays prints and sculptures resembling electronic circuits from another primitive ethnographic time, Sara Ludy crafts a poetic multi-media sculpture on the connection between physical and digital body, Laura Brothers draws enigmatic figures through noisy pixels and minimal geometry, while Krist Wood elaborates composite images of atmospheric dreams.
This is the first of two interviews examining how galleries are approaching the shift in contemporary art production and exhibition in an era of personal computing. I talk to Nicolas about the show, the transference from digital files to physical spaces, and how independent galleries are adapting to these shifts.
I’m excited to finally announce the official release of “Skate Heads” our art/skate film, directed by Vancouver-based Zenga Bros. This film is part of an ongoing collaboration between Booooooom and Flexfit, to give emerging creators a chance turn a dream project into reality.
In the Zenga Bros own words:
“Skate Heads was a way to combine a bunch of things we really like: mobile living spaces, DIY skateboarding and ECCENTRIFING THE WORLD! It’s about bringing something unexpected into the streets and having a rad time.
Skateboarding is inherently about adapting and repurposing the urban landscape, but somehow even skateboarding can settle into a complacent state, where certain approaches become the norm. When street skating first started it was weird and abrasive, and that’ll always be there with wheels rattling down the sidewalk, but it’s good to remind ourselves to maintain a sense of foolishness, exploration and wonder; that is skateboarding. For us, making a backyard ramp was the ultimate form of creating our own adventure playground. Skate Heads has been a continuation of that.”
There were two artists that worked exclusively with yarn at this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival: Hot Tea (Minnesota), and Olek (New York). The video below captures Olek as she crochets a beautiful canoe using materials generously provided by Anthropologie. I like the part where she says “my work is never completed, the reaction completes my work”.
Watch the video below.
Thank you to everyone who has already sent in pencils to our latest project! We’ve got so many already! Pencils are coming in from all over North America, UK, Asia, Australia, Brazil, even Sri Lanka – it’s amazing!
If you haven’t heard we are working with Tangible Interaction to build a collaborative sculpture in Barcelona for the IAM INTERNET festival. We’re using 3D-printed connectors to build a sculpture out of pencils mailed in from around the world. We want you to be a part of it!
1. Get a new or used pencil. The pencil can be round or hexagonal but should be standard width (if the pencil is too thick it will not fit our connectors) .
2. Use felts, paint, x-acto knife, whatever you want to decorate/personalize it. Include your name and city somewhere on it.
3. Photograph yourself holding your pencil. This part is optional but we would love to have a gallery of portraits of all the contributors.
4. Email your photo to: email@example.com with your NAME and CITY.
5. Mail your pencil (you can send as many as you like) to:
304 – 1000 Parker Street
Vancouver BC V6A 2H2
Attn: Andres Colmenares
Carrer Sant Gervasi de Cassoles 37
6-3. 08022, Barcelona, Spain
Deadline for pencils is March 16th.
Paintings by Los Angeles-based Allison Torneros, better known as Hueman. I was fortunate enough to meet her a couple weeks ago, during Pow! Wow! Hawaii, what a sweet person. I’d seen her work on Instagram but knew very little about her. She’s incredibly talented; big things coming her way for sure. More images below, and check out her murals on Instagram.