a digital art display from blue box gallery
Un(process)ed is a digital art display, composed of four unique works, that considers alternative modes of production.
In our information-driven society, the back-story of how things are made – ie: via which method, from where and by whom – is constantly being called into question. With the rise of the local food movement and a general shift toward a more responsible consumer culture, we've grown more conscious (and conscientious) about our consumption; we want our food to be unprocessed and our goods to be manufactured with the latest sustainable techniques. We live in an age where process has become part of the product.
Artists in particular have embraced this process-oriented mindset. Fueled by digital experimentation, the artists featured in un(process)ed explore new art-making practices where, in many cases, process defines their works. From the topographical animations of FIELD and the algorithmically-generated forms of Marius Watz to the deconstructed video paintings of Liubo Borissov and the automated trace drawings of MTAA, un(process)ed highlights works that blur the line between process and product. To a greater or lesser degree, each piece in this show hinges upon a set of instructions (i.e., computer code), which ultimately define its design and generate the desired visual effects. In some cases, the artists are writing their own software or computer programs; in others, they are manipulating existing software or even using «off-the-shelf» commercial software.
Beginning with FIELD's 3-D generative landscapes, the show follows a trajectory of deconstruction, with each subsequent work sinking deeper into abstraction. The installation ultimately arrives at the purist forms of MTAA, which reduce the iconic image of one of Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans to solely shapes and color.