bitforms gallery | SF
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 6 – 8 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM & Sunday 12 – 6 PM
bitforms gallery is pleased to announce a presentation of Daniel Canogar, Addie Wagenknecht, and Siebren Versteeg for their second partnership with Minnesota Street Project (MSP) in San Fransisco.
Surge by Daniel Canogar explores how the world of data negotiates its relationship with the physical world. The data-sphere is a driving force of society and the economy, despite its intangible and invisible nature. This lack of visibility makes it difficult to comprehend how big data is impacting daily life. Canogar seeks to materialize the world of data through this series.
Addie Wagenknecht examines visibility with tools of culturally defined “feminine” gestures. In her latest series of paintings, a Roomba is reconfigured to spread a lush mixture of cosmetic pigments, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, and skincare across a canvas by way of programmed algorithm. The resulting composition is seductively abstract, usurping the intrinsic role of the materials. Through this act, the artist reclaims visibility with devices typically used to conceal.
Siebren Versteeg’s exhibited works are continuously generating compositions. In Light; of Everything, No. 7 employs touch-screen navigation so users can explore the work in real-time. On-screen imagery never repeats and is informed by random Google images as well as algorithmic painting gestures programmed by the artist. At the same time each day, the composition selects a new dominant color scheme out of 7 options: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and black. Clock culls Google image searches for the most recent images posted in association with the current time (ex. “4:58 PM”, “4:59”, etc.). Each hour the virtual canvas starts anew, building in perpetuity.