The presentation of the video installation Colors by celebrated New York-based media and performance artist, Cory Arcangel, marks a rare showing of his work on the West Coast. Using the 1988 film Colors as his source material (directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Sean Penn), Arcangel digitally manipulates the image using a “slit scan” technique, with pixels drawn out in length and extended vertically, line by line. The film’s audio unfolds in real time during the installation, while the projected abstract, linear imagery follows its own pace, as each pixel is extended. It would take thirty-three days of continual play to represent every color in the film, were it allowed to run its cinematic course.
The installation at the University Art Museum follows Arcangel’s participation in The Generational: Younger Than Jesus (4/8/09 - 7/5/09, New Museum, New York), which celebrated the impact of artists born after 1976 and their noteworthy influence upon our media landscape. Arcangel’s imprint on this landscape, represented by his already accomplished body of work, casts a significant impression upon the terrain.
Cory Arcangel (b. 1978) is a Brooklyn-based digital artist whose work engages the space between technology and media appropriation. He is a computer programmer, cyber sculptor, comedian, web designer, and the co-developer behind BEIGE, a computer-programming artist collective on the web.