On/Off the Grid @ Irvine Contemporary
through March 20, 2010
Irvine Contemporary presents an exhibition of works by artists who work with--and against--the concepts of grids, networks, architecture, and abstract systems. Artists include Hasan Elahi, Adam Fowler, Teo González, Courtney Jordan, Amy Lin, Linn Meyers, Tadashi Moriyama, Molly Springfield, Yuriko Yamaguchi.
Playing on all senses of the metaphor "grid," the exhibition features works that engage with formal systems or embody a critique of moving with, or against, grids, networks, and a priori abstract structures. Being "on the grid" today can mean being connected, part of the network, plugged into the system, knowable and known to others; "off the grid" means the opposite, disconnected, isolated, inaccessible, unknowable. Networks and grids have been the main modeling systems for many domains of life--idealized abstractions, information technology, texts, digital media, social organization, political power, complexity theory.
On/Off the Grid presents a sampling of ways that artists visualize the significance of grids, networks, and complexity across many artistic mediums.
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