DOWNTOWN DIGITAL: NYC 1980S-1990S
Time & Location
Curated by: Xiaoying Juliette Yuan
Today, when our society is trying to imagine the potential impact of AI technology on our future, JY&A invites you to travel back to the New York of the ’80s and ’90s to discover a selection of early works created by the first generation of artists involved in the intersection of art and technology. The transition of analog-to-digital and these artists' early practices incorporating a digital language into their work, forms an intriguing dialogue with today's artists who utilize cutting-edge technologies and reference the Internet.
Downtown Digital: NYC 1980s-1990s, online exclusively on Artsy.net, focuses on selected archived works from New York-based pioneer artists. Mainly works on paper, paintings, and prints, these archives contain the artists' early explorations with cutting-edge technology in a fine arts practice. The ideas that were born in these archives were subsequently developed into paintings, sculptures, and interactive installations of various sizes and formats, presented in commercial galleries, museums, art fairs and collected by private collectors and museums internationally.
We are committed to presenting the archive work of a generation of artists from a fine arts background who was the first to engage a tech-art aesthetic. They graduated from prominent art schools in the US, trained as painters or sculptors but spent significant time learning software, computer coding, and programming. Subsequently, a market for this type of art developed with their persistence and dedication.
[I] Carter Hodgkin: Random Access Memory
The exhibition showcases the New York-based art and science pioneer artist's 25 archive works from the 1980s-2000s, retracing her exploration in creating a digital visual language within painting. The exhibition title refers to RAM, an early computer term for memory.
[II] John F. Simon, Jr.: Line On A Walk, A Selection Of Digital Drawings
July 15 - September 10, 2019
[III] Joseph Nechvatal:Computer Virus Project 1.0
August 12 - September 30, 2019