The Medium and the Message
Curated by Jimi Billingsley
Artists: Jeremy Blake, Claudia Hart, Carla Gannis, Michael Rees, Thomas Ruff, Alexander Reyna, Mary Ann Strandell, Kim Joon, Peter Patchen, Alex McLeod, Mary Mattingly, Ruud Van Empel, and Jasper De Beijer.
Exhibition Dates: July 29 - September 4, 2011, with the Opening Reception on Saturday, July 30, 4 - 6pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Arts Center, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Panel Discussion: August 13, 6pm, Panel Discussion at the Kleinert/James Arts Center
Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 6pm
The James Kleinert Gallery is pleased to announce the new exhibition, The Medium and The Message, curated by Woodstock native Jimi Billingsley. In presenting a selection of artworks by artists who engage computers as an integral part of their creative process, this exhibition showcases diverse practices in the making of traditional art forms such as sculpture, photo-collage, drawing and painting, as well as relatively new forms, inspired by the possibilities of digital technology such as animation, gaming and interactivity.
Marshall McLuhan observed, "It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame." The exhibition The Medium and the Message is conceived with the idea that to have an understanding of the new framework we must look to the "pictures". Many artists working in digital media recognize the profound impact computers have had on humanity, in terms of being an extension of body, senses, and mind. Their resulting work is itself both a comment on and an effect resulting from these extensions. These evident effects, the artworks, are the messages that define the medium and leave us with the question: "is this a good thing?"
This exhibition champions the idea that it is not only a good thing indeed, but an inevitable revolution, and attempts to bring a broader audience to the work by demystifying the artists practice in digital arts, and making the resulting experience less alien and more stimulating.