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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Sean Higgins interview on

Sean Higgins was interviewed on and ultimately confirmed his status of the west-coast art rock-star... He also has to put up with the pink paper-clip next to his picture, but who wouldn't wanna be surrounded by tattooed and pierced, half nude goth girls!

Here is a small excerpt from the interview:

Which leads to my next question...what do you consider the pieces? i think they're sculptural but I'm curious as to what you'd classify them.

I think of them as paintings. I came to this process because I used to be a painter. I still think of them that way, I still want to make a 2-D object that hangs on the walls. I don't know, here is another ambiguity in my work as they sort of look like paintings and sort of look like photos and are hidden behind a layer of Plexi...So what are they? I think we are back to the first question...
Exactly! I think that's what makes them interesting. I mean, on a basic level they're really beautiful to look at but on another level there is serious questioning about place, time - all that stuff you're interested in.
Yeah, I am interested in showing you a few things to get you started but the interesting part to me (and hopefully to the viewer) is what I am not showing, what is not in the picture.
So here's my next question - how do you go about picking what landscapes/environments to show?
That is kind of a tough question.

A lot of times they come to me while traveling. I seem to get a lot of source material when I travel. I work in a very responsive way, a very intuitive way. I do a lot of searching through the internet too. The pieces can start off with some completely random image and the story behind the piece happens along the way. A lot of these pieces start off as something totally different than the finished product but during the hours and hours spent working on the images in Photoshop, something happens.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Paper Sculpture Show @ The Austin Museum of Art

While visiting Austin I found the legendary "Paper Sculpture Show" on display at the Austin Museum of Art. Looks like the local art-student community was having a blast...

The Paper Sculpture Book is a self-contained art show featuring all 29 sculptures. The book is 160 pages and is also accompanied by an introduction by the three curators (Mary Ceruti, Director of SculptureCenter, Matt Freedman, artist, and Sina Najafi, editor-in-chief of Cabinet magazine) and an essay by Cabinet editor Frances Richard.

The artists included in the project are Janine Antoni, The Art Guys, David Brody, Luca Buvoli, Francis Cape & Liza Phillips, Seong Chun, Minerva Cuevas, E.V. Day, Nicole Eisenman, Spencer Finch, Charles Goldman, Rachel Harrison, Stephen Hendee, Patrick Killoran, Glenn Ligon, Cildo Meireles, Helen Mirra, Aric Obrosey, Ester Partegs, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Akiko Sakaizumi, David Shrigley, Eve Sussman, Sarah Sze, Fred Tomaselli, Pablo Vargas-Lugo, Chris Ware, Olav Westphalen, and Allan Wexler.

Below I posted some creative interpretations of Akiko Sakaizumi's "Tail Spin" ;)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Linda Post and Praxis at artMovingProjects

HEDGE 2007, video sculpture (video projection, canvas, recycled televisions).
AFIELD (FURTHER) 2007, audio sculpture (audio, faux rock speakers).
FALL 2006, video projection.
AFIELD 2007, video projection.

Praxis (Delia Bajo and Brainard Carey)



Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Austin: Alamo Draft House

So 8 BIT made it to Texas. We screened last night at Alamo Draft House: thanks Jeff, Kelly and
Austin Museum of Digital Art!

Austin is a nice city, but there wasn't much to do during the day, so Justin and I hang out around the Texan " Brown House" which is apparently taller than its white version in Washington DC. As I was told before all men are indeed very tall in Texas and some wear cowboy hats. We checked out the Austin Museum of Art and encountered massive amounts of weird black birds.

Paul Slocum (Treewave) performed right before the screening. As usual great Commodore 64 music, this time in stereo! Paul played some brand new tracks, lots of people showed up.

Alamo Draft House is kind of a hybrid of Anthology Film Archives and Monkeytown; you can actually order food and beer while watching your movie! I loved the idea + the dinner was free;)
Good times ...


Friday, March 23, 2007

DIY lamp design by Ernesto Restrepo

An empty soda bottle + Christmas lights; documented in the Miami studio of
Ernesto Restrepo.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Wooden Mac Classic

I found this amazing piece via
This apparently was a part of Pulse NYC... I can't believe I missed it.
Dear artist, whoever you are: vertexList applauds you!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Rhizome Commissions Program

Founded in 2001, the Rhizome Commissions Program makes financial support available to artists for the creation of original
works of Internet-based art. Commissions are awarded by jury,
and by Rhizome's membership through an open community vote.

In 2007, Rhizome will commission eleven new art works with fees
ranging from $1000-3000. You can submit a proposal below, or
read more about our submission and voting procedures

This year, we are accepting proposals in two categories.

1) New works of Internet-based art
The works must use the Internet as a primary component. They can manifest offline or on a mobile device, as long as the final work is accessible online, whether through a web browser, software, or some other use of internet technologies. There is no required theme.

When evaluating proposals, the jury will consider artistic merit, technical feasibility, and online accessibility. Although we will provide some technical assistance with final integration into the Rhizome web site, artists are expected to develop projects independently and without significant assistance from Rhizome.

Ten commissions will be awarded in this category.

Submit at

2) Community project
In 2007, Rhizome will also award one commission to an artist whose project will benefit our community, by enhancing communication, participation or user experience on the website. Artists will be asked to execute the Community Project independently and be prepared to work with Rhizome to integrate the work when complete. Projects must be feasible, and manageable for up to one year. Precursors include Rhizome's 'alt.interface' which provided alternative interfaces, or visualizations, for Rhizome's online archive, the ArtBase.

One commission will be awarded in this category.

Submit at

All of the commissioned works will be exhibited on and at a one-night event at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as archived in the ArtBase.

2007-2008 JURORS

Lauren Cornell
Executive Director, Rhizome

Rudolf Frieling
Curator of Media Arts, SFMoMA

Marc Garrett
CoFounder and CoDirector, Furtherfield

Suhjung Hur
Curator, Art Center Nabi

Marisa S. Olson
Editor and Curator, Rhizome

Christina Ray
Founder and Director of Glowlab and the Conflux Festival.

Monday, March 19, 2007

"Random Access Poetics" - the opening party

So we are not exactly sure how that happened, but we had well over 100 people last Friday!
vertexList salutes all new-media art lovers who made it on the crappiest night of the century.
The winter storm was so bad that even the car services didn't respond in Williamsburg...
We were particularly impressed by Steven Dressler who came all the way from Trenton NJ (hardcore!) .

Calderoids (the old-good asteroids re-made after Alexander Calder) were a hit; the poor 30 year old arcade box barely made it through the assault...

"Trance-Dance Seance" performance by highly hermaphroditic Ms. PacMondrian attempted bringing back the spirit of Piet Mondrian via shamanistic rituals + some rockin 8 bit animation/chiptunes.

The tormented spirit is still haunting the building... well done Ms. Pac(k)Mondrian...

And last but not the least, thanks go to Zemi, who rocked the crowd with some indie-house-mixed-with-Indonesian-chimes, coming through two guitar amps!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Linda Post artMovingProjects

166 N. 12th St, between Bedford and Berry Sts., Williamsburg (917-301-6680, 917-301-0306). Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Thu- Sun, 1pm - 6 pm

Linda Post

Opening 7-9 March 24th- May 13th


With AFIELD Linda Post continues to plumb the sculptural possibilities of video in an experiential installation that brings together interactions with landscape and recollections of corn fields. Video projections, a dry-stone hedge created from canvas covered televisions, and disembodied audio recounts converge in a mediation of perception and nature.

Project Space

Praxis (Delia Bajo and Brainard Carey)


An audition from Praxis Studios Metalobe Production.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

"Random Access Poetics" coming on March 16th

VertexList space has the pleasure to present “Random Access Poetics”

featuring new media projects by:

[dNASAb], Ernesto Klar, Prize Budget for Boys and Lance Wakeling.

“Random Access Poetics” focuses on the processor-based new media work dealing with exposing invisible aspect of information. This exhibition brings together young Brooklyn new media artists and the Harlem/Toronto based collective Prize Budget for Boys.

The reception will take place on Friday, March 16th 2007, 7pm - 10pm.

In conjunction with the reception party Ms. PacMondrian will perform
"Trance Dance Seance" at 8.30pm

The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, April 22th 2007.

Work on display:


I-Pod Sculptures

The I-Pod, now being 5 years old, is deeply integrated into the lives of millions globally, and speaks of the fetishism that modern consumers have for new electronic mobile devices. [dNASAb] sees these new devices as raw materials for artistic creation. Thus the beginning of the

I-pod sculpture series. The first group are continuously looping, wall hanging, painted audio/video sculptures. The sculpture actually provides the energy, and audio components to make the I-Pod have a life and voice, It is a symbiotic relationship. Each I-Pod has its own unique custom

video and video playlists relating to the sculptural elements. [dNASAb] also has started to work directly onto the I-Pod screens sculpturally, integrating an image in motion on a two-dimensional screen is a visionary artistic precursor to the actual future technological advancements of video fabrics, holographic projection screens, and virtual reality.

Ernesto Klar

Parallel Convergence

"Convergenze parallele" is an audiovisual installation in which airborne dust particles passing through a beam of light are tracked, visualized, and sonified in real-time by a custom software system. The installation reacts to both natural and artificial air movements in the exhibition space, prompting the viewer to interact by blowing air towards the light and to observe the amplified sound-image relationships. The custom software system integrates computer vision and sound synthesis algorithms. The software pulses one electric fan with a dust receptacle that saturates the system at random intervals, and deploys a video camera to track the location of individual dust particles. This data is then translated into sound in real-time, mapping dust particles data to synthesized sound particles in a surround sound field. The visualization projected on the wall consists of an image-processed view that reveals the particles trajectory. "Convergenze parallele" explores the poetic potential of revealing and transforming the imperceptible, in the attempt to "see the invisible, or if you like, take a sounding on the incommensurable.

Prize Budget for Boys


Calderoids is an irreverent mash-up of fine art and video games, where you dodge and destroy Alexander Calder's kinetic mobiles in the triangular ship of Atari's space shooter Asteroids. The ubiquitous mobiles we hang over baby cribs were originally conceived by Calder as fanciful models of the universe: "There is of course a close alliance between physics and aesthetics." Based on a physically exact model of mobiles in space, Calderoids frees you from gravity to fly around and zap Calder's sculptures in your cosmic spacecraft.

Lance Wakeling

Study for Portrait of the Internet (static)_

Without crawlers roaming the internet and archiving links, images, and keywords, no one would have any idea how to find anything online. Search engines rely on crawlers to traverse links and chart the internet; spammers need them to harvest email addresses. My crawler is a simple creature, it makes 'slideshows' from images that people post on web pages, the images of the sites they link to, and the images of the sites linked to from there, and so on, and on. 'Study for Portrait of the Internet (static)' is a never-ending slideshow of GIF, JPG, and PNG images that runs off a modded xbox. A lot of the images that are downloaded are navigation widgets. As we move through larger landscapes of information with increasing speed, the apparatus for navigation becomes more and more the dominant component of our experience. Eventually, the experience of moving through data becomes more about interacting with the navigational apparatus and less about the environment being traversed--like the difference between riding a bicycle and piloting a jet.

Ms. PacMondrian : "Trance Dance Seance"

Inspired by the outrageous costumes and antics of 80s London club god Leigh Bowery and the exuberant theatrics of contemporary videogame cosplay, The Ms. Pac-Mondrian Trance Dance Seance Performance reincarnates Piet Mondrian's spirit through ecstatic dance. Ms. Pac- Mondrian, the psychedelic shaman, dances a burlesque to the boogie woogie sound effects
of the game. Guided by Mondrian's firm theosophical belief that he was an old soul reincarnated many times, the PBFB invite you to a
kinaesthetic/synaeasthetic extravaganza to raise the dead and bring back the boogie

Intelligent Design momenta art

Momenta Art
359 Bedford Avenue. Brooklyn , NY 11211

For Immediate Release
Contact: Eric Heist or Michael Waugh

Intelligent Design
guest organized by Rico Gatson and Ellie Murphy
with the work of Jane Benson, Judy Blanco, Sanford Biggers, Nicole Cherubini, Rico Gatson, Deborah Grant , Elana Herzog , Ellie Murphy, *Aron Namenwirth, Ivan Navarro, Kelly Parr, Ara Peterson, Traci Tullius, Aaron Williams, and James Yamada.
March 2 through April 9, 2007
Reception: Friday, March 2, 7-9 pm
Gallery hours: Thursday through Monday, 12-6

Momenta Art is pleased to present a group show organized by artists Rico Gatson and Ellie Murphy. Using system theory as a starting point to enter into emotional realms and states of mind, the artists in Intelligent Design use the abstraction inherent in “system” to approach a diversity of subjects—mathematical, scientific or technological systems; social systems that define gender and race; visual systems of pattern and craft; the cultural systems that create art and music, religion and history.
Artists use system in their work to get at something vast and unsystematic, using sense to get to a place that does not make sense. Rosalind Krauss asserts in her essay “Grids” that the use of system makes it possible for artists to combine the sacred and secular without having to choose between them. But the work we have selected takes this combination to a new place. System here is freed by an increased technological and scientific sense of interconnectedness from the need to be either sacred, profane or both. It assumes the systematic task of existing (a task both physical and spiritual), as it purports to discover the collective hum it believes—it knows –is out there.
The show has a taxonomy of emotion underlying it. The artists don’t decide between intelligent design and the theory of evolution. They fix their belief in one system and all systems simultaneously. By definition, system describes both the individual elements and their interaction and functioning together as a whole. Gatson and Murphy are fascinated by artists taking the scientific, mathematical and technological to personal, emotional or spiritual regions. System in this sense brings together the abstract and the concrete. It is where the personal becomes the universal.
Momenta Art is located at 359 Bedford Avenue , ground floor, between S4th and S5th Sts. in Williamsburg , Brooklyn . By subway, take the L train to Bedford stop (the first stop in Brooklyn ). Exit on the Bedford side. Walk south 12 blocks. By car, take the outside lane of the Williamsburg Bridge to the first exit. Make a sharp right onto Broadway. Drive 2 blocks to Bedford Avenue and make a right. We are located a half block on the right after you pass under the bridge.

Momenta Art is supported by Altria, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, The Greenwich Collection, Ltd., The Jerome Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation on the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and individual supporters.

Momenta Art
ph 718.218.8058
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Friday, March 02, 2007

Sean Higgins @ Sixspace gallery, LA

Sean Higgins – Island of Relative Stability
March 3 – March 31, 2007
Reception: Saturday, March 3 from 7-9pm, check it out if you are in LA!

Very cool new digital transfer pieces by Sean Higgins.

Sean's work is a very rear case of a smooth transition from painting world
to new media - he has been developing his own language based on
transferred, tiled photo-images on plexi since 1997.
Congrats, the new pieces look great!

The text below is from the Sixspace press release:

Valhalla, 2007
Laser print transfer and acrylic on Plexiglas

In his work, Sean Higgins explores how to image or create the unknown. By depicting purposely-vague environments where location and situation is left to interpretation, Higgins creates an environment where the viewer has no place to stand and no solid sense of place. (His vague landscapes are constructed from images, either found or taken by the artist, that are transferred to the back of Plexiglas via an acrylic transfer process - the front of the Plexiglas is then hand-sanded by the artist to produce the desired hazy effect.) He attempts to deal with landscape in the contemporary world of "Google Earth" where people interact with landscapes and place in a very different way than previous generations. He is interested in constructing a place where cold technology, dreams, and maps all combine - whereby through this remote satellite visions, remembrances will seek into our subconscious and affect how we remember play and time.

Triangle, 2005
Laser print transfer and acrylic on Plexiglas
48 x 48 in.

With this interest in creating remote landscapes filtered by perception, memory, or even filtered by some form of technology, certain scientific concepts can become the catalyst for Higgins to think about an imagery place. The terms "island of relative stability" is derived from a theoretical concept in nuclear physics that refers to the science of smashing together two elements to see if they stick enough to create a new, heavier element. This concept is a mere jumping off point for this exhibition as the artist correlates this idea of a theoretical, temporary space so similar to the mythical landscapes he creates in his work. The islands and landscapes in Higgins' work are imaginary places represent a theoretical result - how does one get to and from this fictional place? How long does this place last? What rules govern it? Am I in the right place and can I make up my own rules?

Navigational Error, 2005
Laser print transfer and acrylic on Plexiglas
48 x 48 in.