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"Ink Jet: Matt Chansky, Claire Corey, Tom Moody"
2000-09-24 until 2001-01-07
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Ridgefield, CT, USA

Revolutions often start in curious ways. Throughout the history of art, change is set in motion by factors such as political or social upheaval, new philosophical constructs, scientific revolutions, or the basic human urge towards novelty. For artists Matt Chansky, Claire Corey, and Tom Moody, however, opportunity presented itself through the reality of day jobs in today's high-tech office environment using graphic design and illustration computer programs, photocopy machines, and digital ink jet printers.

These artists all trained as painters and made the transition into the digital realm through experiences in the workplace. Rather than simply scanning and manipulating images, Chansky, Corey, and Moody have each struggled in their own way to completely reinvent painting by using the computer as their primary tool.

Each of these artists has stopped making paintings by traditional means, which gives rise to the question of whether the works produced by Chansky, Corey, and Moody really be considered paintings. The answer might lie in the issues raised by photography's ongoing impact on painting: in response to the unparalleled veracity of the photographic image, paintings ceased to be revered as metaphorical, representational windows onto the visible world and instead were considered primarily as literal things, objects with paint on their surfaces. For artists taking painting to the computer, the most profound results are neither illusions nor objects, but information-laden surfaces that contain the mutability and complexity of information itself. The works in this exhibition are perhaps not paintings, nor are they prints or drawings. Rather, they are works utilizing the latest variation in our continually evolving system of mark-making, the ink jet printer and the computer. This exhibition is curated by Richard Klein, assistant director.

IMAGE:
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Matt Chansky


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