Written by Paddy Johnson, Wednesday, July 16, 2014
“Why GIFs?,” Opening Times recently asked artist Nicolas Sassoon. Sassoon has been on a three-month virtual residency with the London-based digital media art nonprofit, and has spent the bulk of it working on massive GIFs that span the width of a browser and actually require scrolling. His latest work, Studio Visit, depicts a studio space complete
One of Toronto’s most enduring contemporary art venues, Angell Gallery, has established a recurring theme, in recent years, championing the digital art world and its Post-Internet offshoot in both its roster and programming. Indeed, after leveraging two exhibitions in as many years on the subject, Angell has established himself at the fore of a traditionally elusive genre in the commercial realm. But obviously undaunted, director Jamie Angell followed his 2012 exhibition “Simulators”
Angell’s current show features nine established and up-and-coming artists who work primarily in digital media. Occasionally termed post-internet art to underline the fact that we live in a digital age, the genre’s aims are as broad and diverse as the technology employed in its making.
This is the era of the hyper-real, of copies that do not refer to an original, and no one expresses this better than Rafael Ochoa. Using software to simulate the textures of Old Masters, his two paintings