den contemporary is pleased to present the group exhibition ‘Transmit’ co-curated with Jae Yang | Art Merge.com. The exhibition is a reflection on the changing means by which contemporary culture looks to and relies upon when distributing and receiving information. The visual focus of ‘Transmit’ is at once the use of text, however, the six artists also draw attention to societal shifts in the various methods used for transmitting information, ideas and images, exploring the nexus where art and words meet technology.
The informational landscape is changing with an increasing use of computerized devices, substituting the physical with digital-based replacements. ‘Transmit’ gives a nostalgic nod to the hand-scripted, the published type, and the spoken word in traditional popular mass-produced media and machines. The exhibition also presents art in various media, which has been created as a result of the artists’ assiduous handiwork.
Some Guy methodically strikes through individual words on pages taken from Bibles, leaving exposed two morally opposing words repeated throughout the book. Similar to transmitting subliminal messages, the work inspires reflection on modern societal concerns such as war, politics and the economy.
Also working from bound volumes, Ching Ching Cheng cuts and fashions found books into precise replications of classic still and movie cameras, elevating such devices such as 8mm and folding cameras to precious cultural artifacts.
Nicola Vruwink and Lauren CiCioccio employ traditional domestic craft in making their work. Nicola Vruwink crochets dozens of shiny cassette tape ribbons into bold typeface wall pieces. The artist spells out proclamations taken from lines in pop songs, evoking common human emotions ranging from tension to tenderness.
Lauren DiCioccio embroiders figures of prominent pop culture icons, athletes, and fallen corporate leaders who have headlined sections of the New York Times newspaper in recent years. DiCioccio takes that which is transitory in nature such as fame and newspaper pages, and through traditional craft practice, makes them permanent.
Written in longhand, Ann Stock adds her poetry to images of models appearing on pages she tears from fashion magazines. The entire poem is written across five pages of the single repeated image. The work is scanned and enlarged, with the prints presented sequentially along with a recording of Stock speaking the poems. Sound, vision, and text intertwine as an exploration of beauty, femininity and relationship roles in society, emphasizing a culture influenced by repetitive imagery and information.
Danial Nord reinterprets the familiar language and trappings of mass communication in his video of computer-generated male and female voices reading the online version of The New York Times. At times the voices interrupt one another or are overlayed when pop-up links embedded throughout the article occur. The video humorously portrays how our culture takes in overwhelming and disjointed information.
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