Drawing Contemporaries

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21 May 2009 - 9 Jun 2009

Opening reception: Thurs., May 21, 2009, 6PM – 8PM

Drawing Contemporaries, curated by Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, was an exhibition of work on paper made by a peer group of new media artists who all create drawings, both as a primary object and as an experimental process. For many of the artists, the use of computers and algorithms are the focus in their work. While a number of the artists are Eyebeam affiliated, all are contemporaries whose influences upon each other can be traced in this exhibition. Drawing Contemporaries was on exhibit May 21 - June 9, 2009.

Darren Kraft uses powdered graphite to photorealistically reproduce icons and logos associated with consumer and political culture; Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert and Julia Schwadron write personal and poetic messages of hope, which they leave taped up in public places; Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg uses the laser cutter to etch and carve works on paper that incorporate text, history, and design; Marisa Olson performs google image searches for obsolete technologies, and traces their contours directly off her laptop screen with a mechanical pencil; and Lee Walton creates elaborate indexes of possible graphic marks which are algorithmically used to document events as they occur. His subjects range from pedestrian traffic to sports games.

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