SITE131 presents "Plugged-in Paintings" opening reception
SITE131 will present its newest exhibition, "Plugged-in Paintings." Co-curated by painter John Pomara, transmedia artist Dean Terry, and SITE131 director Joan Davidow, the exhibition presents one large-scale digital painting by each of nine artists. The artists include Petra Cortright from California; Matthew Choberka from Utah; Chris Dorland from New York; and statewide artists Lucas Martell, John Pomara, Lorraine Tady, Dean Terry, Liz Trosper, and Zeke Williams.
The exhibition points to the modern era in an art form not yet publicly addressed in a formal way. These works that read as paintings have no paint. The artists’ medium is printers’ ink. Their own artworks catering to electronic media engaged the curators to gather artists whose works show the impact of living in a highly charged environment. The works present a blending of analogue and digital images impacted by imperfections caused by glitching or forms of manipulation. Electronic imperfection comes from computer misreads, coding, disrupted algorithms, blurs, glitches, and printing imperfections. Entropy and mechanical failure from the use of printers, copy machines, and the internet gone awry provide the magic of these artists’ works.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through March 15.