compactspace, Los Angeles is proud to present and the world is ours – new works by Robert Twomey and Tim Schwartz, two artists who navigate the ample and ever-morphing territories of New Media art and culture.
Schwartz’s sculptural work Ruin, a giant stalactite deftly installed in the gallery’s ceiling, is a departure from the artist’s recent works dealing with cultural data analysis. Art writer Lamar Clarkson describes his piece Paris, a data mash-up sculpture forged from retired gadgets that was recently featured in Modern Painter Magazine: “ Paris is a device reminiscent of a temperature gauge whose needle wavers between the words Hilton and France depending on which Paris is more popular on the web at the moment…In commenting on our national attention span in the idiom of the thermostat, Paris renders an abstract data point suddenly, fancifully real.” Though Schwartz borrows a similar idiom for Ruin – one made nostalgic by the dilapidated conditions of its early industrial-age materials – the piece reaches much further back through geological time and space. As a giant iron-coated hunk of fiberglass constantly sprayed with acidic water, the piece has been corroding since its debut at the Oceanside Museum of Art this past winter. compactspace will be Ruin’s second home, gratefully accepting the rusty run-off from this monumental work of fantastically post-monumental sentiment.
Twomey offers up a different concoction of information based signifiers in Human Factors in Computing Systems: Studies and Saccade. The latter, driven with gaze-data from an eye tracking system, will greet its audience at the gallery entrance, offering an experience that re-stages the particular movements and fixations of a viewer's eye as she considers a series of photos, re-contextualizing (and thus deconstructing) the act of looking at art. For Human Factors, the artist has hand-drawn images culled from photographs taken at the dawn of the computing age –smiling suit-clad technicians negotiate an arena of wires and buttons and big machines, revealing their industry’s initial stages of self-representation and identity formation. Though aesthetically removed, these two pieces mediate overlapping aspects of computer vision, human perception and historical gaze.
Please join our reception for the artists during Art Walk on February 11th from 6 to 9 pm. and the world is ours will be on view at compactspace through the end of March 2010.