Upstream Gallery presents Shifting Optics, a signalling group exhibition showing the work of a new generation of artists, for whom it is natural to experiment with digital techniques. This results in works that hoover between the analogue and the digital.
In recent decades, more and more aspects of daily life have been digitized. Remarkably enough, until recently digital art was only taken seriously by a small group of pioneers. New movements such as post-internet art are still barely recognized with the established art world, which moreover always seems to resist radically innovative art forms (think of the introduction of photography, pop art and video). Recently however, the art world seems to be quickly catching up with this new movement. A generation of artists who grew up with computers has now matured, and can no longer be ignored. Unlike earlier artists who experimented with digital techniques, for this generation it is completely obvious and natural to make use of the Internet, digital technologies and online culture for their work.
For Shifting Optics Upstream Gallery has selected seven artists who all explore the relationship between the digital and the analogue. While they eagerly embrace the omnipresent digital imagery, their work exists not only in virtual reality: these artists continue to investigate the urgency of producing physical objects. The final works of art, from paintings to apps and everything in between, are characterized by a hybrid nature.
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