The History of Technology

July 11-August 23, 2014

Jessica Silverman Gallery is pleased to present “The History of Technology,” a group show featuring work by Simon Denny, Samuel Levi Jones, Dashiell Manley, Philipp Timischl and Margo Wolowiec, which explores themes of nostalgia and futurism, obsolescence and transcendence.

“The History of Technology” presents works in which artists have mined the old technologies of books, film, and television as ways of reinvigorating an even older medium, painting. Many of the pieces also investigate the evolving potential of the moving image. When experiencing these works, time often seems to warp; it condenses into a timeless icon but then flees, becoming ephemeral in the extreme. The works evoke the original attention span demanded by the source media but then splice it with the quality of viewer attention required by the final art form. The grand, abstract history of communications technology becomes a personal history played out in real time before an art object.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated “zine,” which includes an essay titled “In the Nick of Time” by Joseph Akel. It is free for download here.