Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ICP, NYC - A Different Kind Of Order

Sam Falls

The ICP Triennial - A Different Kind of Order - is a a global survey of contemporary photography and video. The show will be on view at the International Center of Photography (1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, NYC) from May 17 to September 8, 2013. 

Filling ICP’s entire gallery space as well as its exterior windows, the exhibition will feature 28 emerging and established artists from 14 countries whose worksspeak to and illuminate the newvisual and social territory in which image making operates today. Artists include Nayland Blake, A.K. Burns,Thomas Hirschhorn, Elliott Hundley, Gideon Mendel, Wangechi Mutu, Sohei Nishino, Lisa Oppenheim, and Nica Ross. A complete list is on the ICP site HERE.

Starting from the premise that most photography is now produced, processed, and distributed in digital form, A Different Kind of Order explores the sometimes unanticipated consequences of this shift as revealed in the work of a wide range of international artists. For the younger artists in the Triennial, the digital revolution is something that happened during their childhood, and dealing with its ramifications has occupied most of their creative lives. For artists of this generation (such as Sam Falls, Andrea Longacre-White, and Oliver Laric), mixing the new idioms of digital imagemaking with the existing visual language of painting, sculpture, and collage is almost second nature. Other Triennial artists, wary of the advent of “screen culture,” emphasize the handmade qualities of their work, yet even they recognize that their efforts are situated within the spaceof a fully digitized, networked world.


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