Art Taipei & World Trade Centre
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The artworks serve as counterpoints to the prevailing presence of the rationally codified spaces of modern life by contrasting them with the fragility of the natural environment and the significance of cultural diversity.
In Jess McNeil’s video The Wall' (2009) and 'The Swimmers' (2009) the grid of human activity is sharply contrasted by the forces of nature. Through digital manipulation only the shadows of the simmers remain in the water. The work is a poetic remind of Nature's timeless presence.
Trained in both art and computer science Jon McCormack is one of a handful of Australian artists who makes art works primarily by writing computer software. His creative process demands the understanding of the complex rule-based language of programming. In developing 'Niche Constructions' (2008-9) his aesthetic sensibility has guided the code-written logic underpinning the work to achieve a fine digital drawing process occurring in real time in the gallery.
Curator: Annie Ivanova
Jess MacNeil, Jon McCormack, Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski, Justine Cooper, Martin Walch, Zed Buffer
ArtTaipei, official trailer