artist note/poem on my Return of Lazarus paintings (2017)

Retrun of Lazarus - prOlOngatiOn (2017) 4x5' velour

Return of Lazarus: prOlOngatiOn (2017) 48 x 60 in, 122x 152 cm, computer-robotic assisted acrylic on velour

artist note/poem on my Return of Lazarus paintings (2017)

 exhibited at

Galerie Richard

121 Orchard Street

New York City

in

Joseph Nechvatal

Computer Virus 1.0 and the Return of Lazarus

November 8th – December 10th 2017

Vernissage Wednesday November 8th from 6 – 8 pm

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the Return of Lazarus paintings are concerned with

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recovery

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painting as scab

scarabs in the mist

tragic timelessness

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discontinuity embedded in continuity

loss as movement that spiritualizes life

the materialization of the dematerialized

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  an enteric approach

pulling old images inside out

like an old glove

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they perform an expressive operation on what was done before

exposing their velour lining

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they are a ride on the horns of time

always a shimmering dilemma

to be or not to be

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the art world is a mishmash of unfinished business

a continuous grinding

formed by unseen and unadmitted past engagements

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back from the dead

quite ‘naturally’ the noise aesthetic of my Informed Man’s repressed excess did not receive the social backing of the 1980s culture 

Return of Lazarus explores re-engagements with that past

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at stake is the visceral sensation of penetrating plenty of nothing

we don’t understand what is happening now

because we can’t face what was happening then

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the first wave of

fecund nothingness

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Retrun of Lazarus - sublimatiOn (2017)

Return of Lazarus: sublimatiOn (2017) 48 x 60 in, 122x 152 cm, computer-robotic assisted acrylic on velour

Retrun of Lazarus - expeditiOn (2017)

Return of Lazarus: expeditiOn (2017) 48 x 60 in, 122x 152 cm, computer-robotic assisted acrylic on velour

 

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Review of Rolf Julius : Music in a Corner: Early Works

Rolf Julius installation photo by Rebecca Fanuele with Music for Old Paint (1983) left & Iron Ring, Rusty (1987)

Review of Rolf Julius Music in a Corner: Early Works at Hyperallergic

https://hyperallergic.com/404008/work-that-is-audible-to-the-naked-eye/

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Review of Dadaclub.online

Evan Roth, stereopticon (2016) gif animation

My art review of Dadaclub.online at Galerie Charlot (Paris) has been published at Hyperallergic

https://hyperallergic.com/403851/dada-net-art-galerie-charlot-paris/

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Review of Champignons (Mushrooms)

Seana Gavin, Mushroom City (2016)

My art review of the Champignons (Mushrooms) exhibition at galeriepcp in Paris published at Hyperallergic

https://hyperallergic.com/402810/magic-mushrooms-in-an-unmagical-show/

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Computer Virus 1.0 and the Return of Lazarus

viral attaque haVes & haVe nOts (1993) 102x122.5cm canvas

Galerie Richard 

121 ORCHARD STREET NEW YORK CITY

presents

Joseph Nechvatal

Computer Virus 1.0 and the Return of Lazarus

November 8th – December 10th 2017

Vernissage Wednesday November 8th from 6 – 8 pm

From November 8th to December 10th 2017 American artist Joseph Nechvatal presents Computer Virus 1.0 and the Return of Lazarus. This mini-retrospective exhibition consists of 9 computer-robotic assisted paintings: 4 historic 1993 paintings from Nechvatal’s HyperCard Computer Virus Project (1992-93) that dealt with the AIDS virus epidemic placed in conjunction with computer viruses, 2 small 1988 paintings from his Informed Man series (1986-89), and 3 new 2017 paintings on velour entitled The Return of Lazarus. These 3 new paintings are based on recovered digital files of Nechvatal’s 1986 maquettes of unrealized computer-robotic assisted paintings from his Informed Man series that featured an information-saturated Lazarus returning from the dead. The entirety of the show stresses a continuum of artistic acts based on recovering from loss and the resisting of oblivion.

Computer Virus 1.0 and the Return of Lazarus picks up on the themes of extinction and viral demise that Joseph Nechvatal developed in the late-80s and early-90s. His Computer Virus Project was created under the umbrella of the FRAC Franche-Comte at the Centre International de Réflexion sur l’Avenir de la Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux at La Saline Royale d’Arc-et-Senans as part of Nechvatal’s artist-in-residency at Atelier Louis Pasteur in Arbois, France (1991-1993). As discussed with Thyrza Goodeve in an interview in the January 2016 issue of The Brooklyn Rail, Nechvatal explains that the Computer Virus Project’s initial goal was to produce physical paintings using algorithms that implement a virtual ‘viral’ model. This use of computer code as simulation tool allowed him to virtually introduce artificial viruses into a digitized reproduction of his earlier artwork (the host) and to transform and destroy those images in a ravishing manner. During these launched ‘attacks’ in 1993, a new still image was extracted and roboticly spray painted on canvas so as to bring the virtual into the actual realm. The negative connotations of the HIV virus as a vector of disease is reflected in the principle of degradation that the host image undergoes, but the virus is also the basis of a creative process, producing newness in terms of the history of painting.

Hyper-Intersubjectivity (1988) 24x18” canvas copy

Galerie Richard 

121 ORCHARD STREET

NEW YORK NY 10002

T: 1 212-510-8181

NEWYORK@GALERIERICHARD.COM

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Cybernetics & Human Knowing cover ny JN

A selection of my velours Odyssey pandemOnium paintings, last shown in 2015 in NYC at Galerie Richard on Orchard Street (NYC), have been reproduced on the cover (color) and in the current issue (black and white) of Cybernetics & Human Knowing : A Journal of Second Order Cybernetics, Autopoiesis & Cybersemiotics (volume 24 on Systems, Power, and the Phenomenological Basis of Triadic Semiotics).

It can be found online here  http://chkjournal.com/node/258

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Interview with Jay Murphy on Artaud’s Metamorphosis: From Hieroglyphs to Bodies Without Organs

Artaud, “Untitled” (1948) (64 x 49 cm) image 2

My interview with Jay Murphy on his new book Artaud’s Metamorphosis: From Hieroglyphs to Bodies Without Organs at The Brooklyn Rail

http://brooklynrail.org/2017/09/books/JAY-MURPHY-with-Joseph-Nechvatal

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