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Monday, March 31, 2008

FAAN adoption of Aron Namenwirth's painting

acrylic on canvas 9x12 feet 2001

FAAN adoption

"My largest painting "The Loading Dock" adopted by Miriam Cotto has been abandoned at The Rockland Independent Living Center. I was just called by Audrey Rosenfield President of the Board that they were going to put it out on the street.
I talked to Adam Simon he said, "this is the worst thing that has happened with FAAN"
this is a statement i wrote at the time of adoption-

“Loading Dock” 2001 by Aron Namenwirth

This painting was inspired by the conclusion of my art moving practice, both as performance and work. The loading dock is an archetypical destination for all material possessions that have some value but no place in the world. In depicting the painting, (a facade of three closed gates), I see a portal to all that’s abandoned. It is like the mystery curtains in the game show, “The Price is Right”. The painting was made by projecting a digital photograph, taken of a dock deep underground in the far reaches of industrial Queens, onto canvas. At the time I conceived and executed the piece, I was looking at the work of Lisa Ruyter, an artist, whose studio was across the hallway, and thinking about the epic kiosk pieces by Devon Dikeou made in the early 90’s. Some time was spent driving around the city , in a truck with Matt Bua and Eric Heist, and a few other artists who made this a living. My recent paintings have further examined the implications of digital representation and content. This work was aquired by Miriam Cotto through the Fine Art Adoption Network.
Special Thanks to Adam Simon who is the founder of FAAN.
After looking at the Rockland Independent Living Centers website, I can see how it is a bad fit.
Man have I had it.
If someone will adopt this painting maybe i can save it. Will negotiate transport. Call me asap 917.301.6680" Update: thanks to Adam Simons email I have 2 potential adoptees.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Director 11 is available for download! Vertexlist owes it's name to this grand old software package. When Adobe bought Macromedia most felt that they would leave the venerable Director behind but low and behold a new release is upon us. Has Adobe outdone itself buy fully integrating Director into the Adobe suite of software packages? No. Have they at least made it so there are multiple undo's? Nay. Are they saying anything about it on the Adobe home page? Negatory. Will it work on your intell mac running Tiger? Yes, maybe - (the demo download sounds like it's a bit buggy). Is it time to leave Hypercard and try something new? Sure, time to get a 5600 baud modem too.
There's an excellent podcast which will tell you all you wanted to know and more.
Skip actually describes the community as "All huddled around the casket trying to resurrect Director".

Off the Grid

A bunch of FOV (friends of Vertexlist) are in this fun show at the Neuberger Museum which opens on Sunday sunday sunday (march 30th). The Neuberger is on the Purchase College campus just a short train (and cab) ride away from New York.

Artists include:
Matt Bua; Benjamin Cohen, Dylan J. Gauthier, and Stephan von Muehlen; EcoArtTech: Christine Nadir and Cary Peppermint; eteam; Max Goldfarb; Tovey Halleck and Andes Sprouts Society; Louis Hock; Nina Katchadourian; Kristin Lucas; Joe McKay; Trevor Paglen; Temporary Services; Seth Weiner; and Bart Woodstrup.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Holy Fire in Brussels

HOLY FIRE: art of the digtal age
curated by Yves Bernard & Domenico Quaranta • April 18 – 30, 2008

30 Quai des Charbonnages / Koolmijnenkaai 30, 1080 Brussels
(metro Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlanderen)

Holy Fire is probably the first exhibition to show only collectable media artworks already on the art market, in the form of traditional media (prints, videos, sculptures) or customized media objects. The artworks collected in Holy Fire are not new media art, but simply art of our time: art which appropriates institutional or corporate identities, creates fictional identities, hacks softwares and game engines for its own purposes, infiltrates online or offline communities in order to portray them or their own myths, subverts existing tools or creates its own tools; or, more simply, uses hardware and software in order to create art.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 launch + Bubblyfish performance

Paul and Kevin putting final touches on

The INFOspirit

The INFOmonk is often disinterested in physical art and is not always fulfilled by objects. Rightfully, the INFOmonk turns to the spirit world for fulfillment, surfing for boons that will give him clarity. The INFObrats still believe in physical masterpieces. The INFObrats try to produce physical masterpieces, and they even use Google to search for physical masterpieces so that they can go visit them or purchase them.

The greater masterpiece isn't something that can be found on Google. The greater masterpiece is the INFOspirit that constructs all of Google. The greater masterpiece is the INFOspirit that constructs all YouTube videos and all celebrity gossip blog posts and all jpegs of Van Gogh paintings and all of and all net art yet made. While the physical connections of copper and silicon that contain the web could be destroyed, the INFOspirit cannot be destroyed. The INFOspirit is not bound by the constraints of the universe. The INFOspirit reveals to us an art that is unreachable, but right at our fingertips -- an art that is infinitely sized, but as simple as a cigar box of thimbles.

The goal of is equally simple: surfers, reveal to others the majesty of the INFOspirit.

fragment from "Spirit Surfing" by Kevin Bewersdorf

Wonderful game boy set by Bubblyfish :)

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Black Cloud

Greg Niemeyer, an artist at UC Berkeley has an excellent blog going in which he outlines his recent projects. As you might guess from its title "Free Change", Greg actively promotes an open source aesthetic in his artwork. We get to see the conceptual and technical problems in his work hashed out in a well written and engaging manner.
Currently Greg is knee deep in "Black Cloud" a pervasive game that will be played out on the streets of L.A. this summer. Greg and his team are using custom build Arduinos wired to cell phones to send realtime data via SMS to the players. Should be fun, but I think the game is limited to teenagers (they get all the fun).
His site looks good too, right down to the carefully chosen font.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Rhizome 2008 Comissions! assembled a luminary group for the 2008 Rhizome Commissions jury. In collaboration with the Rhizome staff, the jury will determine five artists/ collectives to receive awards ranging from $3,000-$5,000. The remaining two are awarded by member vote. In contrast to previous years, this jury will review all the applicants -- not just the finalists.

The jury includes Oliver Laric, artist and co-founder of VVORK, Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Emma McRae, Curatorial Projects Coordinator, Experimenta, Melbourne and Rick Rinehart, Digital Media Director and Adjunct Curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

From Rhizome, they will be joined by Luis Silva, our Lisbon-based Curatorial Fellow, and Lauren Cornell, Executive Director and Adjunct Curator at the New Museum.

The application deadline is midnight, March 31st, which means two more weeks! Read more about the program and how to apply now!


Sunday, March 09, 2008

American Dreams at Pace Digital Gallery, New York

Animation and videos by artists living in the U.S.
curated by Jillian Mcdonald
show runs March 5 - 28, opening Tuesday March 25, 5 - 7pm
Pace Digital Gallery
163 William Street
New York, NY
more info at gallery website
also screening at Digital Media 1.0 in valencia, Spain April 24 + 26

Artists: Marina Zurkow, Liselot van der Heijden, Paul Slocum, Rick Silva, Tricia McLaughlin, Stephanie Lempert, Orit Ben-Shitrit and Harold Moss

"Natural Interpretation. Rick Silva's poetic intervention plugs the white dune, snow-crusted brook, and other quiet wonders into his scheme as hapless instruments in a sublime analogue remix. Stephanie Lempert translates the mouth movements of passive goldfish into English monosyllables.

Relentless Remix. Orit Ben-Shitrit and Harold Moss's magazine imagery montage permits us a glimpse of their subterranean dreamworld populated by strange monsters. Liselot van der Heijden finds innuendo and ridiculous machismo in one familiar posture from a Hollywood western. Paul Slocum's solicited recreations of a melodramatic scenario from sitcom television are fascinating in their subtle variations.

Fantastic Mischief. Marina Zurkow's space invaders cavort unseen as they infiltrate New York City's gritty textural infrastructure. Tricia McLaughlin's "machine for living" posits an architecture that happily destroys and asexually reproduces itself in a satirical romp."

Saturday, March 08, 2008

"Spirit Surfers" at vertexList

"Four Seasons", Paul Slocum

VertexList has the pleasure to present “Spirit Surfers”, a two person exhibition
featuring recent new media projects by Kevin Bewersdorf and Paul Slocum.

The reception will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2008, 7pm - 10pm, artists will be in attendance.

Live electronic music peformance by BUBBLYFISH at 8.30pm (free)
The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, May 04th 2008.

"Maximum Sorrow Throw Blanket #2", Kevin Bewersdorf

Exhibited works by Kevin Bewersdorf include: “"Two videos for the Mitchell Chiropractic Clinic Separated by Eighteen Years" (two channel video) and “Maximum Sorrow Throw Blanket #2” (digitally produced quilt).

Also in the show “Four Seasons” (gicle print on canvas) and “You're Not My Father” (video) by Paul Slocum. Both artists will collaborate on the launch of a brand new web-surfing club “Spirit Surfers”, which will premiere at the opening reception. (

"You're Not My Father", Paul Slocum

This joint exhibition is an exploration of a new type of objecthood, which emerged as a product of the information era: the ephemeral-imperfect, forced back into the palpable reality from the domain of codes and numbers. Kevin Bewersdorf and Paul Slocum work toward establishing the contemporary expressive vocabulary, capable of transforming the internet-mediated, generic content into meaningful statements.

"Two videos for the Mitchell Chiropractic Clinic Separated by Eighteen Years", Kevin Bewersdorf

Paul Slocum is a new media artist, curator and a musician, currently living and working in Dallas. Slocum was recently included in Nexus Texas at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas. He has also been included in exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas, and the National Center for the Arts, Mexico City, Mexico. In 2004, his work was exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial in the United Kingdom. In addition, he has been invited to do performances in France, The Netherlands, Canada, The United Kingdom, and New York.

Kevin Bewersdorf is a conceptual media artist living in Austin. His was featured recently in Passing Time and the Changing Seasons of Time at Okay Mountain in Austin. He is also known for his work in the critically acclaimed film, LOL: The Movie, which he co-wrote and stars in.

Bubblyfish (Haeyoung Kim) relocated to the US from Korea in 1992. With a background in classical piano, she has been focusing on experimental electronic music. Currently, under the name Bubblyfish, she creates "lo-fi," 8 bit sound works and experimental compositions. Based in NYC, Haeyoung has worked as a composer, sound designer, and audio engineer. Haeyoung's work has been presented in various art venues, clubs, festivals, and galleries including Centre Pompidou, The American Museum of the Moving Image, Eyebeam, The New Museum, Roulette, and Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

VertexList gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2pm - 6 pm, or by appointment.
We are located between Graham and Manhattan Avenues on Bayard St.
For more info
please visit our website or call 646 258 3792

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Marisa Olson + Christine Gedeon @ And/Or

and/or gallery
4221 Bryan St. Ste B, Dallas, TX 75204, tel: 214.824.2442

March 8th - April 12th
opening reception March 8th, 6pm-9pm with both artists in attendance
music by Animal Forces @ 8:30pm
be there or be square

Marisa Olson, animated gif

Marisa Olson's work combines performance, video, sound, drawing, and installation to address intersections of pop culture and the cultural history of technology, as they effect the voice, power, and persona. Her work has been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the 52nd International Biennale di Venezia, the Hayward Gallery-London and at several international festivals.

The Two Koreas, Christine Gedeon

Christine Gedeon uses blue prints to create aerial compositions of political figures and celebrities. This abstract format brings a new sense of reality to publicized images of political and public figures. Christine has exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery in New York and The New Art Center of New York.