Seattle Art Fair 2017
Castor Gallery is pleased to present Nature 1.01, an exhibition of works from artists Ry David Bradley, Kim Dorland, Jeanette Hayes, Jonas Lund, Robert Lazzarini, & Michael Manning. The exhibition will be on view at The Seattle Art Fair from August 3rd - 6th.
Nature 1.01 will continue the exploration of artworks deeply rooted in mathematics, algorithms, code and modern technology which continue to push the barrier on the ever changing landscape and definition of traditional artworks in a city that is defined by its ties to new technology.
“Nature” was developed with the not so simple question, “What is traditional art?” We will continue to explore the relationship between technological advances and artists who not only experiment but embrace and push these new mediums.
For this second version we will continue to show the new works of Robert Lazzarini an artist who was an early adapter to these mediums. With artworks that are rooted in mathematical algorithms that are unique to his practice, Lazzarini continues to explore new ways to break barriers and challenge our pre-conceived notions of what is expected from an artist.
Showing for the second time with the Gallery, Kim Dorland will exhibit works from his new mixed media series which debuted at Castor Gallery and was followed by a solo show at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran. These new paintings are a true hybrid of digital and physical. Detailed under-paintings made in photoshop are then printed onto canvas where thick oil paint is applied to create the texture and feel the artist is known for. This technique allows the artist to take advantage of certain color hues and transparency which standard oil paint is not able to accomplish.
Michael Manning works in a similar style but instead of applying oil paint to create texture Manning creates his works on iPads and then seamlessly has the texture 3D printed based on the pressure the works are made with. This unique technique transforms a technology primarily used for sculpture and design and highlights it on the canvas as fine art.
Also working in works rooted solely on technological advancements Jonas Lund will show both a large scale triptych of his “Hype Cycle” series as well as continue to show his new body of neural net works which were debuted last month at the NYC show. Working together these works show not only what the internet is trending towards based on demand for certain content but also how a self learning neural net interprets these trends and then visualizes them. The mesh of color and language alongside the crystal clear images, we are used to seeing, highlight a way of reasoning by technology still new to us as a society.
Exploring history and how current technology would have affected ways we viewed art if it existed 100s of years ago Jeanette Hayes will debut her first large scale “Royal Glitch” painting. Painted all in oil, this series takes a regal portrait and reimagines it as a digital image being manipulated by a photo editing program. Tiny details which appear to be printed are all pain-stakingly hand painted by the artist.
In the world of digital photo manipulation Ry David Bradley takes the practice of appropriation but then digitizes, blurs, and blows it up into large scale works. By doing this these familiar images of a woman laying down, a man running, or even a landscape photo take on a whole new meaning and highlight small details which are often overlooked. This forces the viewer to examine the works deeply and discover new details not easily seen.
Overall works for the show will include data mining apps, neural networks created to produce artworks, algorithm based screen-printing, 3D printed artworks, computer made paintings, oil paint and digitally manipulated photos,.
About the artists:
Ry David Bradley (b.1979, Melbourne) lives and works in London, New York City and Melbourne. Graduating in 2013 with an MFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Bradley has exhibited internationally including LA, London, New York, Berlin, Brussels, Milan, Cologne, Sydney and Melbourne. Recent solo exhibitions include “Room with a view” at The Hole NYC; ”Post Truth II" at Galerie Derouillon, Paris; "Unvalley Valley" at Evelyn Yard, London; "Not To Be Digitized" at Tristian Koenig, Sydney and "Where Do You Want to Go Today" at Brand New Gallery, Milan. His work debuted in the USA with Bill Brady Gallery in Kansas City in 2015 with "Access All Areas." His work has recently been added to the permanent collection of the Victoria Museum in Melbourne.
Kim Dorland: (b. 1974 Wainwright, Alberta, Canada) Dorland pushes the boundaries of representation, exploring nostalgia, memory, identity, material and place, using deliberate brushstrokes in heavy impasto to build upon digitally produced underpainting. Employing his local Canadian landscape, history and the materiality of paint for inspiration, Dorland’s latest body of work focuses on intimate comforts and the domestic setting, a consequential reaction to the current social/ political climate. Dorland holds an MFA from York University in Toronto, and a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, in Vancouver. He has exhibited globally, including shows in Milan, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. His work is featured in The Sander Collection (Berlin); Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal; Glenbow Museum (Calgary); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Art Gallery of Alberta and numerous private collections. Dorland currently lives and works in Vancouver.
Jeanette Hayes: (b. 1988) Known for her collage-like aesthetic, Hayes uses mixed media to build a bridge between high and popular culture. Her Renaissance and Baroque paintings are interfered by internet icons and anime characters. Prior solo shows include Castor Gallery and Romeo NYC. Group shows include The Hole & M+B Gallery LA. Video work includes projects Chanel, Alexander Wang, & Proenza Schuler. Hayes is based in New York and received her BFA from PRATT.
Jonas Lund: Lund is a contemporary Swedish artist who uses mixed media to explore how we are influenced by the digitization of the world. While he exposes our dependence on new technologies, he also invites the audience to play interactive games testing their tolerance for the overdose of information that is received online. Online technologies simultaneously simplify and complicate human experience; they have the potential to promote human connection, but they can also dematerialize real meaning. Lund is an avid experimenter of multi-media platforms and digital tools and even streams some of his experiments live. He has had solo exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, New York, Paris, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro.
Robert Lazzarini: (b. 1965, New Jersey, USA) Based in New York City, Lazzarini is concerned with the ambiguity in interpretation of art as well as the conceptualization made by spectators. His work has frequently featured the motif of death but most commonly, distortion. Inspired by the minimalist art movement, Lazzarini makes sculptures of common objects and transforms them into distorted visuals, interfering with the instinctual interpretations of the viewer. The unfamiliarity of the distorted object captures the viewer's' gaze as they try to find meaning in the work. Lazzarini uses an algorithm to create sine-wave distortions composed of intersecting sine-waves, making an image that our eyes cannot focus on completely. Solo shows include: Dittrich Schlechtriem (Berlin), Marlborough Chelsea (NYC), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Paul Kasmin Gallery (NYC), FLAG Art Foundation (NYC), Honor Fraser (LA), Deitch Projects (NYC), Mint Museum (Charlotte), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond). Public collections include: Carnegie museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Art.
Michael Manning: (b. 1985, New York, USA) Manning is an LA-based artist who explores alternative approaches to producing and distributing traditional art objects using technology and social networking. Through mixed media, he juxtaposes touch screens with canvas art, incorporating new media into traditional art forms. Most recently, he has had solo presentations at monCHERI Gallery (Brussels), Gavlack Gallery (Palm Beach, FL), and Last Resort Gallery (Copenhagen). He has also had an '100 Paintings' book published by CURA for Los Angeles Art Book Fair.
Castor Gallery would like to thank Seattle based Stokes Production for its assistance in providing supplies for the Jonas Lund installation, Gavlak Gallery Los Angeles for assisting in the works by Michael Manning and the HOLE NYC for assisting in the works by Ry David Bradley.