Infinite Variety

2014

CHARLES DENNINGTON, JAMES L. MARSHALL, CHARLES O’LOUGHLIN, ANDRE PIGUET, ANDIE THAM CURATED BY CHARLOTTE CORNISH at Utopian Slumps

‘Faced with the infinite multiplicity of digital files, the uniqueness of the art object needs to be reasserted.’*

The artists in Infinite Variety are linked by the post-Internet context in which they produce their material art objects. Charles Dennington, James L. Marshall, Charles O’Loughlin, Andre Piguet and Andie Tham each continue to value the physicality of the art object in their practices, despite the embedment of contemporary culture in the digital realm. The permeation of technology and rise of Internet cultures has been the defining cultural and generational shift in the Western world among artists born after 1980 – the last generation to have known a time before the Internet existed. The relationship between art and life, the real and virtual, is now seemingly in a state of flux, as now one cannot escape digitisation in some form.*

James L. Marshall creates work that encourages experience rather than passivity. Marshall’s work contains recognisable symbols and strange interventions, creating objects and spaces that oscillate between the real and virtual, and the temporary and fixed.

- Charlotte Cornish

* Bishop, Claire, ‘Digital Divide: Contemporary Art and New Media’, Artforum, September 2012, p. 3.
* Groys, Boris, ‘The Loneliness of the Project’, New York Magazine of Contemporary Art and Theory, Issue 1.1, 2002, p. 79

 

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