Brian Bress and 22 other video artists feature at "Commercial Break", NYC

Brian Bress and 22 other video artists feature at "Commercial Break", NYC

New York City, Feb 6 - March 5, 2017

"Commercial Break" presents a unique new intervention into video advertising by showcasing 23 artists (including ArtPlay artist Brian Bress) on huge LED advertising screens across all five boroughs of New York City. 

Organized by the Public Art Fund, "Commercial Break" is an interesting use of the ubiquitous public screen to present pertinent political and social statements. Commercials used to be a "break" from creative programming but in our current age the balance has often flipped and the art can be regarded as a break from commercials... or is it just another form of commercial, itself?  

As the Public Art Fund state: 

"Our world is increasingly shaped by the display of visual information. Digital advertising has been seamlessly integrated into both public and private spheres, while modes of communication, from social media to the smartphone, have changed the way we think about our virtual and physical worlds. Commercial Break, a citywide exhibition, presents 23 artists who have created platform-specific interruptions within the advertising cycles of some of New York City’s most highly visible and technically advanced digital screens."


Times Square: Cory Arcangel, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Brian Bress, Sue de Beer, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Heather Phillipson, and Martine Syms

Barclays Center’s Oculus: Meriem Bennani, Kate Cooper, Cécile B. Evans, GCC, Agnieszka Polska, Tabor Robak, and Jacolby Satterwhite

Westfield World Trade Center: Hayal Pozanti

LinkNYC’s Link kiosks: Lucas Blalock, Antoine Catala and Gabriel Kahan, Awol Erizku, Ed Fornieles, David Horvitz, Britta Thie, and Hannah Whitaker Casey Jane Ellison


Brian Bress, Public Art Fund

Julian Rosefeldt's "Manifesto" at the Park Ave Armory, NYC

Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto - Park Ave Armory, NYC


The recent show at the Park Ave Armory, New York City – “Manifesto” -  by artist Julian Rosefeldt was a compelling use of a giant exhibition space to create an immersive, provocative artwork. Across thirteen large screens, Australian actress Cate Blanchett embodied over 50 artist manifestos, many of whose fighting, revolutionary call-to-arms I believe have never sounded more pertinent than at this present time.  This video installation displayed both a thrilling use of screens and of elaborately-produced filmmaking to provoke and challenge the role of the artist in contemporary society and politics. 


Jennifer Steinkamp exhibition at Acme Gallery, Los Angeles

I caught Jennifer Steinkamp's new animated video, Still-Life on closing day of her exhibition at Acme Gallery. In the gallery's newly opened space in Frogtown, near the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, they presented the work in a large scale floor to ceiling projection. Walking directly into a void of preternaturally giant fruits and flowers, I felt mesmerized as I always am when confronted by a Steinkamp work. The imagery is based on a variety of female fruit baring plants. They pulse and float across the foreground before coming to a full stop only reverse direction and repeat their journey again. I saw a steady stream of heavy hitter collectors and LA artists running in to catch the last hours of the show. Steinkamp is one of the most innovative and influential digital artists working today and her new work, Still-Life does not disappoint. 


Jennifer Steinkamp

Still-Life, 2016, computer generated animation, dimensions variable

Suspended Animation exhibition at the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington D.C

Artists: Ed Atkins, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Josh Kline, Helen Marten, Agnieszka Polska

This week I finally was able to see Suspended Animation at the Hirschhorn Museum which closes on March 12, 2017. Gianni Jetzer, the exhibition’s curator and the Hirshhorn’s curator-at-large presents 6 digital artists engaged with issues of the self and virtual reality. Jetzer said, "the point of the animated image is not simply to mirror reality as faithfully as possible. The animated image has evolved into another kind of reality, to be entered into imaginatively at will. It now competes with reality on equal footing.” 


Agnieszka Polska, “I Am the Mouth"

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