Pictures in a Remix Culture. The project spotlights evolving attitudes toward the appropriation, recuperation, and repurposing of extant photographic imagery. Concentrating on a dozen artists, the exhibition will include photography, painting, drawing, collage, projection, and installation which employ tactics of transferring, accumulating, and recombining existing images to construct new images, objects, and situations.
Curated by Sara Krajewski; co-organized with the Henry Art Gallery
Artists in exhibition:
Sean Dack, Karl Haendel, Jordan Kantor, Matt Keegan, Carter Mull, Lisa Oppenheim, Marlo Pascual, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sara VanDerBeek, Siebren Versteeg, Erika Vogt, Kelley Walker.
Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture spotlights evolving attitudes toward the appropriation, recuperation, and repurposing of extant photographic imagery. Artists, as both producers and consumers in today’s vast image economy, freely adopt and adapt materials from myriad sources. Images culled from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public archives, studio walls, and from other works of art are all fair game. Image Transfer brings together artists who divert commonplace, even ubiquitous, visual materials into new territories of formal and idiomatic expression.
This exhibition proposes that these artists mark the progression of intuitive practices that are thoroughly at ease with today’s hyper-fluid circulation of images. In our digital age of fair use and open source, these attitudes demonstrate how far traditional notions of the authority and primacy of source materials have shifted toward a fluent rethinking of the way we value and interact with images. Image Transfer will explore several questions. How are artists using clipped, copied, grabbed, or downloaded images, and what do such artistic positions relate to the viewer vis-à-vis the work? How do such synthesized images operate in visual culture? Do these works critique our media-saturated age or are they only symptomatic of it? What can these processes and these composite images tell us about the state of photography today?
Concentrating on a dozen artists, Image Transfer will include photography, painting, drawing, collage, projection, and installation. Growing out of the legacies of Pop, Conceptual Art, the Pictures Generation, experimental film, and avant-garde design, the exhibiting artists employ tactics of transferring, accumulating, and recombining existing images to construct new images, objects, and situations. Notably the techniques of cut-and-paste, re-photography, double exposure, and other object-oriented studio practices commingle with photocopying, scanning, and the commands of editing software. Artists who work across these multiple platforms reflect a systemic evolution that broadly parallels aspects of DJ culture, television and film production, and the DIY movement. The proliferating phenomena of remixes, mash-ups, montage, and collage (and the technologies that enable them) inform an alternative perspective for contemplating developments in visual art in resonance with wide-ranging cultural trends.
A fully illustrated publication will accompany the exhibition. The exhibition catalogue explores the pervasive phenomenon of the "remix" as it is absorbed by visual artists "played back" through their work. In the lead essay, exhibition curator Sara Krajewski discusses this aspect of the evolving role of photography today and the impact of artistic practices shaped by information culture and the digital age.
Image: Marlo Pascual, Untitled, 2009
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October 1, 2010 Celebrate the opening of the Henry Art Gallery's presentation of Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Join exhibiting artists Jordan Kantor, Matt Keegan, Carter Mull, Lisa Oppenheim, Amanda Ross-Ho, Siebren Versteeg, and Erika Vogt for an intellectual prefunk with a panel discussion moderated by Seattle University Assistant Professor of Art History Ken Allan. This panel offers personal perspectives from the artists on the themes explored in the exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture curated by Sara Krajewski. Attendees are welcome to attend the Henry Open House Members Preview immediately following the discussion.
6:00 - 8:00 PM Member Preview / Patron Lounge
8:00 -10:00 PM General Admission
Dance to classic, live Sixties Soul with The Witness, Glow-in-the-dark slideshow with Sol Hashemi, Image Transfer-inspired games in the Skyspace with Dawn Cerny and Joey Veltkamp, Design a cover for The Stranger, Gratis beer, wine, and delicious treats from Cupcake Royale
Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington
15th Ave NE and NE 41st Seattle, WA 98195