Watershed (Yosemite), 2013
Ron van der Ende
If you’re just joining us, in 2011, some guy, or guys, bought up something that was already funny on the internet (because it was basically a robot pretending to have feelings) and started pretending to be a robot with feelings. It was a very brave artistic undertaking.
At some point, a reporter figured out that he was behind another successful content channel where words were spoken out loud (so as to help you speak them out loud). This artist then proceeded to lie (and cry?) about the nature of their project to keep it secret long enough for their big reveal, which was that a robot with feelings was actually a man pretending to be a robot with feelings. The reporter, upon learning that she had been lied to, then proceeded to publish a very long post outlying the very ‘uncool’ things (like crying) that the ‘artist’ did to maintain the ‘integrity’ of his ‘art piece.’
Here are some reasons why this might be important to you:
- You want to understand the American art scene of the 21st century.
- You want to better understand/explore the relationship between man and machine.
- You think that people lying to reporters is reprehensible, even if its technically not a court of law.
- You think that building an online brand doesn’t need to be built on the backs of your own hard work or even your own concept.
- You think that true art only reveals itself at the cost of your emotional well-being of the artist, which, in this case, means making up some bullshit sob story about debt or something?
- You’re not even really sure, you didn’t really read the thing the reporter wrote. (It was really long).
- All you know for sure is that this horse_ebooks mess is now officially more trouble than its worth.
- And does this guy Jacob really consider himself an artist? Or is that part of the performance itself? Is it an ironic take on the unironic crossover between the unserious irrelevance of twitter and the very serious irrelevance of the modern art world?
- Does fusing together two irrelevant things make it relevant?? Is the word relevant even still relevant?
- You have started to ask yourself these questions, and now you’re forgetting that this story ever existed.
- All you are certain of is that there is just one more internet/art person in New York City that you will probably never get to meet, as well as one more twitter account that probably needs unfollowed, and that’s fine by you.
Jerry Gretzinger has been mapping the imaginary land of Ukrania for 30 years. What began as a doodle on a single pice of paper has grown into a fully imagined small country with cities and farms. You can learn more about the project in this video:
These drawings and sculptures are a response to topographic maps, satellite photos, scanning electron microscope images, astronomy and the unfolding of intertwined relationships. They emphasize the sensuous aspects of water currents, land masses and the wind made visible. Much of my sculpture developed from an attraction to moiré patterns created by the overlay of two or more grids that are slightly askew.
I found Grossman through a video about the series of concerts that Jay-Z gave to open the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Austin Kleon pointed to the video. Make sure to click through to see more of Grossman’s drawings and art, including details from the image above. For example, see Vortex (a sculpture), Elucidation and a series of drawings described by Grossman as follows:
Lines build up, revealing the topography of surges, shifts, eruptions, trickles, and the wind made visible. Time also flows, so I began recording the date, hour and minute at the start and end of each line and running totals. This is daunting and that’s part of the point: Written numbers build up, forcing the lines to fan out, reading at first glance as a texture, radically changing the drawings. As in science recording observations can alter results.