Saturday, November 10th from 6-10pm @ Art Room
NAILING KANDINSKY TO THE WALL:
Origins of New Media Art in the 21st Century
The event is important: an exhibition of computer generated paintings that are indistinguishable from those made with more traditional methods of oil, brush and canvas.
True to the artistic individualism of the 21st Century, these images are formed from direct light, by way of digital gesture and pure color, in the search for a new vision, all the while questioning the medium’s boundaries, those of painting itself.
However art is porous, entirely dependent for meaning both on the experience and rejection of the past. Our understanding of cultural memory is also constantly reshaped by new mediums, and so never truly repeated either.
Nailing Kandinsky affirms that, within recent digital practices, interest lies in observing the mechanisms of an artistic reinterpretation. The physicality of much of today's art is an active reconfiguration of the past, replaying known events and strategies while positing a "truer" version that is more in sync with current life and its ever-advancing technology.
Unconnected artists are breaking ever larger chunks of “history” into their work: the bending of form and genre, the lure and blur of the real itself, of the old with new.
The questions this exhibition explore constantly play out around us in the real world, and Nailing Kandinsky is a rigorous, radical reframing of how we might think about truth and memory and the creation of art itself.
- Jessica Hopkins, director at Art|Room