TONIGHT IN LA: Raster Raster at Aran Cravey Gallery

6918 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
with Curator Marisa Olson
and artists Petra Cortright, Alexandra Gorczynski, Marc Horowitz, and Jasper Spicero
4PM – 5:30PM
6PM – 8PM

A Group Exhibition Curated by Marisa Olson and Featuring: Conor Backman, Petra Cortright, Alexandra Gorczynski, Marc Horowitz, Christine Sun Kim, Mehreen Murtaza, Jayson Musson, Bunny Rogers, Travess Smalley, Jasper Spicero, Artie Vierkant. 

Raster Raster includes variant work from painting, sculpture, and textiles to videoembedded digital prints, lenticular images of SecondLife self portraits, and a sitespecific installation by Jasper Spicero featuring the artist’s music and 3Dprinted sculpture. Subject matter ranges from Christine Sun Kim’s autobiographical images about the deaf experience, and Conor Backman’s visual puns of art world semiotics to sexual taboo and feminism in Bunny Rogers’ Second Life portraits.

The title for Raster Raster riffs the artists’ lyrical and enthusiastic (‘faster faster!’) approach while also invoking the graphic design term associated with preparing an image for presentation. To ‘Rasterize’ means to simultaneously scan—pointbypoint, dotmatrix style—and output a deciphered image. As the title suggests, the artists here all take a selfreflexive approach to scanning the world and presenting their observations. The exhibition itself represents a scanning of the contemporary landscape to pause and frame this sample of 11 artists whose work is a visual distillation of the larger world.

While none of the work is online, each of the artists’ practice is heavily influenced by the net and most of the work could be described as ‘Postinternet Art.’ Originally coined by the exhibition’s curator, Marisa Olson, about her own artwork and now a major topic of international conversations about art and popular culture, Olson explains the concept behind the ‘Postinternet’ nomenclature:

This is work that one might call ‘art after the internet’…That is, work that simultaneously enjoys and critiques the internet, responding to and incorporating its tropes, memes, cultural politics, and visual language into forms that may or may not live online.

Raster Raster plays to the synesthesia of visual culture that the internet makes use of; a modern pictorial language that interchanges words with ‘real’ and fictional imagery. Filtering the traditions of painting and sculpture through this lens, Raster Raster is a show that examines the roles artists will and are having in 21st century.

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