Jacqueline Humphries: The Matrix meets Cy Twombly

Jacqueline Humphries, (#J^^), 2017, oil on linen, 100 x 111 inches

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In her ninth solo show at Greene Naftali, Jacqueline Humphries presents ten towering canvases that grapple with our relationship to digital technology and the overwhelming nature of the “data surround.” For this new body of work, the artist has translated her earlier paintings into ASCII, a character-based image encoding system developed in the 1960s, and then, using laser stencils, applied the data to gesturally-painted surfaces. Depending on the viewer’s distance to the canvas, the work appears to be either a dense, mesh-like computer image punctuated with big splotches of paint, or, when closer, clotted keystrokes and old-school, punctuation emoticons rendered in thickly applied paint. The result is a witty fusion of Cy Twombly’s histrionic abstraction and graphics from The Matrix.

Jacqueline Humphries, i\Ω.., 2017, oil on linen, 114 x 127 inches
Jacqueline Humphries, sysysyo/, 2017, oil on linen, 114 x 127 inches
Jacqueline Humphries, ???~, 2017, oil on linen, 100 x 111 inches
Jacqueline Humphries, /%%%|, 2017, oil on linen, 114 x 127 inches
Jacqueline Humphries, installation view
Jacqueline Humphries, :)green, 2017, oil on linen, 100 x 111 inches
Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2017, oil on linen, 26 x 30 inches
Jacqueline Humphries, One Cat, 2016, oil on linen, 100 x 111 inches
Jacqueline Humphries, Worried Emoji:), 2017, oil on linen, 100 x 111 inches
Jacqueline Humphries, TQ555, 2017, oil on linen, 100 x 111 inches

Jacqueline Humphries,” Greene Naftali, Chelsea, New York, NY. October 27 through December 16, 2017.

Related Posts:
Jacqueline Humphries and digital distraction(2014)
Quote of the day: Jacqueline Humphries (2011)
Jacqueline Humphries interview: Creating an illusion of being alive (2010)

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2 thoughts on “Jacqueline Humphries: The Matrix meets Cy Twombly”

  1. Hi Sharon, I saw this show for the 2nd time last Sat. The painting are absolutely Brilliant, Stunning and Wonderful!!
    I saw 4 terrific female painters that day: Lee krasner, Humphries,
    Elizabeth Murray and Cecily Brown. A Great day in Chelsea.

  2. Hi Sharon, I saw this show for the 2nd time last Sat. The painting are absolutely Brilliant, Stunning and Wonderful!!
    I saw 4 terrific female painters that day: Lee krasner, Humphries,
    Elizabeth Murray and Cecily Brown. A Great day in Chelsea.

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