Object Oriented Programming
January 13, 2012 - March 30, 2012
Artist Talk: 3:30-4:30 pm, Friday, January 13, 2012
George E. Pake Auditorium at PARC, a Xerox company
Reception: 4:30-6:00 pm, Friday, January 13, 2012
PARC Lobby (upper parking lot)
PARC, a Xerox company
3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, California
open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
(closed Saturdays and Sundays)
"Object Oriented Programming," an exhibition of over fifty works by Katie Herzog, will be on view from January 13 through March 30 at PARC, a Xerox company, as part of its local rotating artist series. The show title refers to the computer language, advanced and popularized at PARC as an alternative to procedural programming, in which messages are relayed through relationships between data structures defined as “objects.” The works on display are a result of the artist’s ongoing phenomenological and vocational exploration of information culture, ranging from personal narrative to the civic imaginary.
Herzog references historical anecdotes in which technological meaning and message converge, in "C is for Cookie (PARC)" (2011), "What You See Is What You Get" (2011), and "Mr. Watson Come Here I Need You" (2011). Expressionist paintings of figures experiencing information and its discontents include "Information Overload Syndrome" (2005), "Information Entropy" (2009), and "A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis (Sigmund, Me, and Alexander)" (2007). "Psychedelic Illuminated Manuscript" (2009), a fifteen foot long mixed media work on burlap, represents the intersection between information technology and the counter-cultural social landscape from which Silicon Valley emerged. "Phone Books" (2008), a six foot long weaving on metal lath, depicts the phone book section at the Whittier Public Library, where Herzog has worked as Assistant Reference Librarian and Artist in Residence since 2007.
Katie Herzog was born at the Stanford Hospital in 1979 and grew up one mile north of PARC. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts at UC San Diego, and studied Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Solo exhibitions in 2011 include "Literaturwurst" at Autonomie, "Gravity is Always Attractive" at PØST, and "Abstractivism" at the Whittier Public Library. She has participated in multiple artist residencies including Skowhegan, Ox-Bow, the Banff Centre, Program Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaboration, and a recent experimental lexicography residency at Bblackboxx in Basel, Switzerland. She currently serves as Director of the Molesworth Institute, which has been dedicated to the proliferation and preservation of library humor and absurdist information science since 1956.
This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation