We run an online magazine, so of course, we're interested in what's happening with art on the web. We invited online gallerist, founder, and curator of Digital Sweat Gallery, Christian Petersen, to write a bi-monthly column for us. Every other Wednesday he'll be selecting a Web Artist of the Week. This week Petersen profiles Laura Brothers, who has given us 10 special and unique edits of her work.
Laura Brothers is one of the great enigmas of new media art. This partly stems from the fact that she shies aways from the obsessive online self promotion that is now the standard for artists in this field. Brothers was at the vanguard of the new wave of digital art that started gaining steam about 10 years ago. She is not surprised by the exploding popularity of this discipline: “Digital devices have currently monopolized almost all forms of social interaction. It just seems like a natural development that people would also want to communicate artistically by these same means.” Her work was truly unique when she started but, somehow, feels even more so now. It seems to exist outside of the tropes and trends that dominate much of the contemporary art of this kind.
Brothers' proudly digital work feels simultaneously contemporary and anachronistic. There are "retro" qualities to her aesthetic but it also feels completely removed from the "digital nostalgia" boom of recent years. In fact, her work feels as close to traditional, abstract, fine art painting as it does to modern new media art. Brothers' choice of medium is deeply integral to its creation: “Whenever I try and envision myself making work by purely 'traditional' means, I mostly see myself paralyzed by indecision. I really see the computer as a device, almost as a collaborator, that allows me to rearrange things in a way that would be too chaotic if attempted by analog means.”
While a Laura Brothers piece is always instantly recognizable, her recent work has shown an increased depth, subtlety, and maturity. It’s as visually arresting as it’s always been but she’s taking her unique aesthetic to exciting new places. She says, “The tone of the imagery has definitely shifted over time in relation to my current interests. I also think it has become less about the texture of the imagery/the dazzling nature of the medium and more about the figuration within....to an extent.”
Brothers has specially edited ten “double size detail shots” from some favorite pieces from her wonderful portfolio.
(All images: Courtesy of Laura Brothers)
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