The Artist is Online: Painting and Sculpture in the Postdigital Age
We were a tad late covering this one, but we loved the show enought to give it a bit of a postscript. KÖNIG in Berlin just showed THE ARTIST IS ONLINE. PAINTING AND SCULPTURE IN THE POSTDIGITAL AGE curated by Anika Meier and Johann König, celebrating the interconnectivity of art and technology. Featuring around 70 works by 50 artists who are at home on social media and many of which were featured on Juxtapoz in the past, the exhibition presented ways of digitizing painting, visualizing data sets, and reflecting the mobility of images.From the exhibition press release: "For the generation of artists born around 1990, painting in the post-digital age has become a mashup of art-historical references, most evidently, when the styles of the Old Masters, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Post-Internet Art are sampled. The result is portraits of people, bodies, and animals that lose themselves in pathetic poses. Femininity is deconstructed (Sarah Slappey, Rosie Gibbens) and masculinity is over-performed (Pascal Möhlmann, Evgen Copi Gorisek). The cult of self-expression is celebrated (Chris Drange) and consumerism is exhibited (Oli Epp, Travis Fish).
While content-related access to painting in the post-digital age is one possibility, formal access via the integration of technology is another. Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence can all be used to digitize painting. Ai-Da is a humanoid robot and an artist who arguably proves that artificial intelligence can produce a creative achievement. According to her creator, the gallery owner, and art dealer Aidan Meller, that means creating works that are new, surprising, and have value. She has cameras in her eyes and paints and draws what she sees. Is Ai-Da creative? Is her art good? And is the question of whether her art is good even relevant? The French artist Ben Elliot meanwhile creates PERFECT PAINTINGS generated by the software based on data about the most popular contemporary works, while American Gretchen Andrew hacks Google to fulfill her wishes and dreams: a cover story in Artforum, winning the Turner Prize, participating in Art Basel Miami Beach and now an auction record."
The full artist lineup includes: Trey Abdella, Ai-Da, Gretchen Andrew, Daniel Arsham, Banz & Bowinkel, Aram Bartholl, Arno Beck, Lydia Blakeley, Ry David Bradley, Arvida Byström, Damjanski, Stine Deja, Rachel de Joode, Maja Djordjevic, Chris Drange, Johanna Dumet, Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg, Ben Elliot, Oli Epp, Liam Fallon, Travis Fish, Rosie Gibbens, Evgen Copi Gorišek, Cathrin Hoffmann, Andy Kassier, Nik Kosmas, Brandon Lipchik, Jonas Lund, Miao Ying, Pascal Möhlmann, Rose Nestler, Hunter Potter, Grit Richter, Rachel Rossin, Manuel Rossner, David Roth, Aaron Scheer, Pascal Sender, Sarah Slappey, Fabian Treiber, Theo Triantafyllidis, Anne Vieux, Amanda Wall, Fabian Warnsing, Thomas Webb, Jessica Westhafer, Anthony White, Chloe Wise, Hiejin Yoo and Janka Zöller. —Sasha Bogojev