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.
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