Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii // Nam June Paik // forty-nine-channel closed-circuit video installation, neon, steel & electronic components
Located in the heart of our nation’s capital is an art museum dedicated to acquiring and exhibiting American art. Known as SAAM, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has an extensive collection of works including early America, the 19th and 20th centuries and portraiture, to name a few. Here are a few that caught my eye.
Snails Space with Vari-Lites, “Painting as Performance” // David Hockney // oil & acrylic on canvas with Vari Lights // 1995-1996
Drag-on // Karin Davie // oil on canvas // 1999
Sculpture Group Symbolizing World’s Communication in the Atomic Age // Harry Bertoia // brazed & welded brass & bronze // 1959
Nenuphar // Alexander Calder // sheet steel // 1968
William Jefferson Clinton (Forty-second president) // Chuck Close // oil on canvas // 2006
Tableau Noir // Alexander Calder // painted steel // 1970 // 140 x 145 x 140 in
Internet Dream // Nam June Paik // 52 monitors // 1994
If you are the type of person who likes to go to art exhibitions to escape from the world of technology, then Electronic Superhighway at Whitechapel Gallery is not the exhibition for you. However, if you are fascinated by the influence of technology in art then you will find this show electrifying. Television screens, cords and computers cover the walls and floors. There are flashing lights, stacked television sets and electronic illusions, not to mention multiple rooms to sit and watch films.
Text Butt // Olaf Breuning // Wallpaper on MDF panel // 2015
Jennifer in Paradise, Liquify WhiteChapel // Constant Dullart // Custom Wallpaper // 2015 // Glowing Edges_7.10 // Constant Dullart // Lenticular print, framed // 2014 // Plastic Wrap_20.15.15 // Lenticular print, framed // 2014
New Age Demanded (Future Angel Racer) // Jon Rafman // 3-D photopolymer resin & gray-to-black color-shifting, acrylic, mirrored plinth // 2014
Loading // Aristarkh Chernyshev // Custom LED panel // 2007
Corona // Peter Sedgely // PVA & pigment on canvas with kinetic lights // 1970