FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 25 2017
MANUAL DIGITAL features the works of eight national artists who have developed new visual languages by embracing digital tools in their primarily analog work. The works in this show are part of The New Aesthetic, coined by James Bridle and this exhibition presents artwork that is defined by or influenced by computer technology’s increasing role in daily life. The technologically informed practices of these artists reveal new potential meeting points about the time and space in which we equally reside. While the intersections of art & technology have garnered attention in the growing and varied genre known as new media, the practice of many contemporary artists relies on technology in ways that are more subtle to the eye and accessible to a wider public audience Curated by artist, art consultant and independent curator Beth Waldman and presented by Levy Art + Architecture. “Manual Digital” will be on exhibit at Space151 from February 23rd, through March 25th, 2017. Join us for a celebratory opening reception Thursday, February 23rd from 6-8pm and a closing reception Saturday, March 25th 6-9pm.
Jenny Day, Tucson, AZ. Day’s work uses satellite images from United States Superfund Sites combined with photographs shot while driving along major freeways from Los Angeles, California to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The end result depicts painted landscapes mediated by multiple layers of technology, a fragmented space; the work examines human demand and the effects of environmental degradation on an understanding of place.
Victoria Mara Heilweil & Phil Spitler, San Francisco, CA. Collaborators Heilweil and Spitler utilized a mixture of software tools and digital fabrication techniques to create their illuminated seating arrangement. The fluid elegance of the forms and gradual color shifts from the interior lighting transform the physical experience of the two sculpted benches. The seating is both form and function.
Ted Lawson, New York City, NY. Brooklyn based Ted Lawson combines digital technology with highly crafted traditional sculpting methods to seamlessly produce conceptual abstract and figurative objects questioning the essence of truth that underlies our human existence.
Oleg Lobykin, Palo Alto, CA. Lobykin’s current series of fiberglass and marble sculptures take his longer term explorations in dualities and inevitable coexistence a step further by re-imagining the arising of life from the molecular level as something new begins to emerge from an almost chaotic "Cellular Soup". Using industrial tools which reference man-made marks and primitive scrapings, these recent organic elements allude to the technological constructions occurring in his own backyard that are altering the way we experience and relate to the world.
Jamie Martinez, New York City, NY. Jamie Martinez’s reconstructed oil paintings explore the role that technology plays in how art is perceived, translated and presented with Triangulism, a unique process involving the cutting up of images into triangulated segments to express their essential form and true nature.
Neil Murphy, Burlingame, CA. Merging his love of nature and science, Hawaiian born Murphy’s works on paper embrace digital explorations and acrylic wash and ink paintings. He combines them into unexpected imagery of abstract landscapes and reinterpretations of brain networks and neurotransmitters. His work starts with hand drawn illustrations, developed through field research, that cascade cascade naturally into tropical colors and delicate line work that speak to our inner and outer workings.
Beth Davila Waldman, Mill Valley, CA. Waldman’s paintings are constructed through a raw subtractive process of digital photography printed on canvas and an equally raw painterly approach. Using her own architectural photography from travels through the US and abroad, her work embraces the texture and a delicate linear quality from her digital process and merges them seamlessly with equal weight and a painterly approach.
Konstantin Zlatev, San Francisco, CA. Using step-by-step algorithm in order to avoid the subjective judgment of the input of the author, architect and artist Zlatev transforms iconic images from Greek philosophers to historical political figures, digitally constructed landscapes to zoomorphic abstractions.