STONE SKY OVER THINGWORLD

NEWSText: julie morikawa

Jon Rafman. Juan Gris Reading Room, 2010. Archival pigment print, unique, 24 x 36

Michelle Ceja, Brenna Murphy, Jon Rafman, Artie Vierkant’s group exhibition “Stone Sky Over Thingworld” Curated by Claudia Hart  will be held at the bitforms gallery from June 2nd – July 29th.

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The artists,Michelle Ceja, Brenna Murphy, Jon Rafman and Artie Vierkant are part of a young, international group working with technology that have developed related practices. The relatedness of their style and discourse emerges from several factors, significantly their educations, the function of the Internet as a system of distribution and communication – and ultimately, their shared attitudes and digital strategies.
 
In addition, this is a young generation that lives virtually – on the Internet – having grown up online, fully engaged in its social networking systems. The Internet, for them, is not just a means of communication but also a system of distribution for digital art. In recent years, they have proliferated Tumblr system web galleries, as well as online virtual spaces like the Berlin-based Chrystal Gallery, intended as artificial spaces for simulated art. As a result, young artists with strongly related styles have emerged in Berlin, in Chicago, in Los Angeles, Baltimore, New York, and Montreal, all connected to art schools that are humanities and contemporary-art oriented. In addition, because ideas of democratization are an essential part of Internet culture, these artists seem free to exchange themes, iconography and stylistic elements, creating an astonishingly strong inter-relatedness across an international geography.
 
Reception: Thursday, June 2, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Stone Sky Over Thingworld
Date: June 2 – July 29, 2011
Open: Tue – Sat, 11:00 – 18:00 and by appointment until Memorial Day.
Summer hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-18:00 and by appointment.
Place: bitforms gallery
Address: 529 West 20th Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10011
Tel: +1 212 366 6939
http://www.bitforms.com

Text: julie morikawa

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