April 16, 2012

Quick study: Abstract portraits, Instagram, thoughtful review of the show at SEASON, QR Codes in the London subway.


 In Time Out New York, Jackie Saccoccio's show at Eleven Rivington gets four stars. "Jackie Saccoccio’s latest paintings, titled 'Portraits,'  have the beauty and menace of an explosion or an oil spill. Bits of pictorial information are both obscured and revealed as layers of pigment accumulate and spread across the surface; drips and fingerlike tendrils of viscous liquid flowing in all directions are evidence that the canvases were repeatedly turned or rotated while the colors were still wet. These parts of the compositions possess an anxious energy offset by ethereal, atmospheric veils, threatening to swallow the pictures whole."

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 Installation view: Sharon Butler and Allison Manch @ SEASON in Seattle.

Check out Amanda Mantach's  thoughtful review of SQUEEZE TIGHT (Hold that Thought),  my show with Allison Manch at SEASON in Seattle. "Robert Yoder's exhibits at SEASON are always a visual feast. Yoder's eye for pattern, color (like Elisabeth Kley's watery, color-saturated earthenware or Peter Scherrer's dense brushwork) and a taste for wittily debauched humor (think Ian Toms or Mike Simi) make for just the right mix of entertaining, thoughtful exhibits...." (Image courtesy of CityArts)

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Anna Barham has recently installed a new QR Code piece in the London Underground. "For her new work WHITE CITY, Anna Barham has embraced both the functional side of QR codes and their pixelated form. Barham has inserted images in place of the solid colour of which the codes are usually made up. The images are linked to the location: an Iris flower called White City and Tyche, the Greek goddess of chance and fortune, often depicted with a mural crown or a ‘white city’ on her head."

Locking on the codes with a smart phone will connect viewers to anagram text animations, and I understand conceptually why so many artists have adopted QR Codes in their installations, but wouldn't it be better for  commuters if they could just watch the animations on ceiling-mounted flatscreen TVs instead of having to drag out their smart phones to connect through the  QR Code? (via FAD)


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More disturbing news about Google surveillance in the NYTimes this morning: "As part of the Street View project, as Google was collecting photographs on every street, it was also gathering information about local wireless networks to improve location-based searches. But the Google engineer wrote a program for the project that went beyond what was originally envisioned. Using this program, Google collected unencrypted data sent by computers...."

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