The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake
A Group Exhibition with Jason Benson & Joel Dean (in collaboration), Nicolás Colón, Caitlin Denny, Matthew Endler, Bryan Morello, and Dean Schneider.
Guest curated by Matthew Endler

May 11 – June 02, 2012

(opening reception Friday, May 11 at 7-10pm)

Exhibition

Detail view "Spoils (d.)" by Jason Benson and Joel Dean, 2012. Wood, zinc plated wire, potatoes.

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Detail view "Untitled" by Bryan Morello, 2012. Mixed media.

Installation view of The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake.


 

 


Installation view of The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake.



Detail view "Untitled (The Casting)" by Matthew Endler. Mixed media.

Detail view "Untitled" by Matthew Endler. Laser on mat board.

Detail view "Lens Flare 2.1" by Nicolas Colon, 2012. Acrylic, digital c-print.

Detail view "Lens Flare 1.1" by Nicolas Colon, 2012. Wood crate, polystyrene, digital c-print, acrylic.

Detail view "Closed Loop" by Dean Schneider, 2012. Mirror, wood.

Detail view "The Glare" by Caitlin Denny, 2012. Multi media installation.

Detail view "The Glare" by Caitlin Denny, 2012. Multi media installation.

Detail view "Untitled" by Bryan Morello, 2012. Mixed media.

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Alter Space is excited to announce the opening of our newest exhibition, The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake. As part of our continuing commitment to the promotion of local contemporary arts, we have invited artist Matthew Endler to serve as Alter Space’s first guest curator. Endler brings with him a group of emerging artists responding to the overwhelming impact of technology and internet culture on our lives. Collectively, their work examines the only world that many of the participating artists have known, visually shaped by evolving screen technologies and the complicated relationship between the physical body and mercurial nature of electronic space.



CURATORIAL STATEMENT
“The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake,” is a local survey of artists investigating perceptions of physical space and objecthood in today’s surroundings of acutely mediated experience. Rasterization, the process from which the title of the show is inspired, describes the horizontal pattern in which monitors refresh their imagery. In software graphics, it is the process in which visual objects through the screen are hardcoded, or “baked” into an image format to then be plotted by a printer. The word is derived from a rake called a rastrum, used upon soil to grid out the landscape for farming. Using this etymology as a prospect for spatial analogy between the coded environments within the interactive screen and the material environments in which the body finds itself, the artists involved translate their work between the material and the immaterial. The body in space in the act of looking, the presence of physical objects and their inferred presence through imagery, and the dynamic between present moment and mediated past event are qualitative relationships that are explored through installation, sculpture, animation, painting, and photography. To cast light on the individuality of embodied experience, each artist will be drawing out their own phenomenal engagement with materials, media, and space.

Taking the directive of much post-minimal sculpture and painting from the 60s and early 70s, the show places value in the art object’s material expression and facture as opposed to a given formal style. Historically, however, this demonstration of the embodiment of space and its physical limits has a tendency of boiling material experience down to an essence in opposition to symbols and images, and in doing so it fails to describe the full relationship between language, identity and sensory experience. Embodied individual experience in the material world is filtered by our symbolic constituencies of identity, mythological beliefs, and personal expectations and does not exist in an empirical void. “The Field as the Frame, the Raster as the Rake” performs within the media ecology that naturally absorbs and shifts meanings through it, where both direct, and indirect, material, and immaterial, embodied, and disembodied techniques are woven together.



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