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Brian Eno: 77 Million Paintings
September 12 – December 13, 2009
Using sophisticated computer software and audio boom boxes, this project features constantly changing images and musical compositions which challenge the notion that the artist must be in control. Eno’s input simply sets the trajectory for the work to evolve into patterns that have the potential for surprising him as well as the audience. With carefully designed lighting, relaxed seating, and strategically placed speakers, viewers enjoy an experience that is continuously evolving. The exhibition consists of a wall of twelve monitors (of varying dimensions) that reflect the parameters Eno has programmed into several computers. The images slowly transform into a virtually endless series of visual configurations.
Seating in the gallery allows viewers to comfortably enjoy the “paintings” for any length of time. Because the black carpeting and dark walls block out available lighting, specially designed lights guide viewers through the galleries. With large cones made of Vermiculite and suspended trunks of silver birch trees providing illumination, gallery audiences can walk freely through the space and choose to view the monitors or sit in the audio room where a new music composition by Eno will be playing.
Background: Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno was born in Suffolk, England in 1948. After graduating from Winchester School of Art, Eno began experimenting with the medium of television and manipulating light. He, soon thereafter, became internationally known for his work as a musical collaborator with international rock musicians including Roxy Music, U2, Coldplay and David Bowie amongst many others. His own series of Ambient records have influenced a whole generation of artists and artistic styles and he continues to be a major reference point for musicians, artists and thinkers from all walks of life.
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Cory Arcangel: Colors
September 12 – December 13, 2009
The presentation of the video installation Colors by celebrated New York-based media and performance artist, Cory Arcangel, marks a rare showing of his work on the West Coast. Using the 1988 film Colors as his source material (directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Sean Penn), Arcangel digitally manipulates the image using a “slit scan” technique, with pixels drawn out in length and extended vertically, line by line. The film’s audio unfolds in real time during the installation, while the projected abstract, linear imagery follows its own pace, as each pixel is extended. It would take thirty-three days of continual play to represent every color in the film, were it allowed to run its cinematic course.
The installation at the University Art Museum follows Arcangel’s participation in The Generational: Younger Than Jesus (4/8/09 - 7/5/09, New Museum, New York), which celebrated the impact of artists born after 1976 and their noteworthy influence upon our media landscape. Arcangel’s imprint on this landscape, represented by his already accomplished body of work, casts a significant impression upon the terrain.
Cory Arcangel (b. 1978) is a Brooklyn-based digital artist whose work engages in the interaction between technology, and media appropriation. In addition he is a computer programmer, cyber sculptor, comedian, web designer, and the brainchild and co-owner behind BEIGE, a computer-programming artist collective on the web.
The UAM wishes to thank Amoeba Records; Apple Computers; Arthur Axelrad; European Dynamic Lighting, LLC of Los Angeles; Fingerprints Music Store, Long Beach; Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center; Lumen London; and the Pasadena Art Alliance for their assistance with 77 Million Paintings. UAM exhibitions are made possible by the Bess Hodges Foundation, Constance W. Glenn Fund for Exhibition and Education Programs, Instructionally Related Activities Fund, and WIDE ANGLE Fund for Art + Technology.
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