“CODE and NOISE”

curated by Christine Duval

 

 JD Beltran & Scott Minneman, Mel Day & Frank Ham, Laurie Frick, James Lanahan,

LigoranoReese, Clive McCarthy, Simon Pyle, teamLab and Yang Yongliang.

 

“CODE and NOISE” was an exhibition that featured eleven artists from Chicago, New York, the Bay Area, China and Japan who use, create or leverage software to produce works that are engaging, stimulating and invite us to ponder many current issues such as the environment, memory, art history, data collection and surveillance.

 

Preview Night was October 8, 2015

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

ASV/SF 2015, San Mateo

ASV/SF 2015, San Mateo

CODE and NOISE

CODE and NOISE

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

Preview night

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

Laurie Frick ( wall Simon Pyle (pedestal) Yang Yongliang (wall right)

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

Mel Day (wall)

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

Mel Day (L), JD Beltran and Scott Minneman (R)

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

Ligorano Reese (L) teamLab (wall) Mel Day ( lectern)

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

Ligorano Reese (L), teamLab (R)

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

James Lanahan (L) Laurie Frick (R)

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

James Lanahan

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

Preview night

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

CODE and NOISE, Booth ASV 30

Preview night

Mel Day & Frank Ham

Mel Day & Frank Ham

Cloud of Unknowing

Mel Day & Frank Ham

Mel Day & Frank Ham

For the Lovers of Truth Everywhere (Lectern)

Clive McCarthy

Clive McCarthy

Boxed Beth

Clive McCarthy

Clive McCarthy

Bay Bridge

Ligorano Reese

Ligorano Reese

|•AM•| (Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery)

|•AM•| detail

|•AM•| detail

(courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery)

Laurie Frick

Laurie Frick

Running and Running (courtesy Edward Cella Art + Architecture)

Laurie Frick

Laurie Frick

Austin, Week 47, 2014 (courtesy Edward Cella Art + Architecture)

Laurie Frick

Laurie Frick

Walk 51 in 16 panels (courtesy Edward Cella Art + Architecture)

James Lanahan

James Lanahan

Signal Noise 16.0

James Lanahan

James Lanahan

Signal Noise 6.0

James Lanahan

James Lanahan

Signal Noise 9.0

James Lanahan

James Lanahan

Signal Noise 8.0

James Lanahan

James Lanahan

Signal Noise 5.0

Yang Yongliang

Yang Yongliang

Rising Mist (courtesy of duval contemporary)

JD Beltran & Scott Minneman

JD Beltran & Scott Minneman

Snow Globe, Walk In The Garden

JD Beltran & Scott Minneman

JD Beltran & Scott Minneman

Moon

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman

Snow Globe, Fire works

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman

Untitled,( self Portrait) from the Material Language series

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman

San Francisco, from the Material Language Series

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman

Bridge

JD Beltran & Scott Minneman

JD Beltran & Scott Minneman

Road Trip

teamLab

teamLab

Flower and Corpse Glitch (courtesy of PACE gallery)

Simon Pyle

Simon Pyle

Grandpa Back from The War (jpeg Decay - Video)

Simon Pyle

Simon Pyle

Grandpa Back From The War (jepg Decay - prints)

Reviews/Press

CODE and NOISE

Curated by Christine Duval

Silicon Valley San Francisco Art Fair

 

by Dewitt Cheng

 

It’s no secret that the art world would like to attract younger audiences, including, in the Bay Area a potential new generation of collectors and patrons, the technorati of Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Art traditionalists (many of whom feel threatened by the sweeping changes caused by tech wealth) argue that the techies, symbolized by Google buses, are merely parvenus uninterested in culture or ‘giving back” to the creative community, the contemporary version of 49ers who happen to have struck it rich. It’s a broad-brush criticism at best. Nick Korniloff, who brought his Art Miami expertise to the first Silicon Valley San Francisco Art Fair last year, believes that the current high levels of creativity and wealth in northern California create a window of opportunity in which the Bay Area might gain greater recognition as an important art center. We who care about the region’s relatively low ranking by art world standards, despite our deep bench of art talent, must hope that he is right, and do everything we can to support his and others’ attempts to shine a light on the Bay Area’s art community. 

Creativity drives both the digital world and the artistic world, so the synthesis of the aesthetic and technological that is on display in CODE and NOISE, an exhibition of eleven artists from around the world who employ computers to explore new visions of the world, makes for a fitting introduction to the fair, located as it is, just inside the entrance. Curated by Christine Duval (formerly of Limn Gallery in San Francisco, and previously Frumkin-Duval Gallery, and now an independent curator: duvalcontemporary.com), the beautifully installed show features work by JD Beltran & Scott Minneman, Mel Day & Frank Ham, Laurie Frick, James Lanahan, Ligorano/Reese, Clive McCarthy, Simon Pyle, teamLab and Yang Yongliang that touches on urgent contemporary concerns enumerated in the show’s press release— “the environment, memory, art history, data collection and surveillance” —with laser-cut drawings (Frick), video collages (Beltran & Minneman), dropped-computer digital photo randomizing (Lanahan), painting alogrithms (McCarthy), animated landscape imaging (Yong), the dialogue between printed and electronic media (Day & Ham) and digital reconnaissance of the art viewer (Pyle). Photographer James Lanahan, one of the inventors of the digital camera, declared that in today’s world, code underlies everything — or, at least everything as represented culturally. Noise is (as I understand it) random signals, or signals that we cannot decipher. The title CODE and NOISE thus aptly symbolizes the interplay between style and content, medium and message, in a rapidly evolving technosphere.

Because of time constraints, this short piece cannot be the considered review that I had intended. If you can’t make it to the fair today, you can see a slideshow of the work at  http://www.duvalcontemporary.com/#!asv-fair/c1egy. I understand that this museum-quality show will be moved to another venue after the fair closes. I hope that it will be reappearing in the Bay Area so that more people can see it, and more writers and reviewers can more thoroughly consider its marriage of medium and message.