Microscope presents Fragments a screening of new and recent short moving image works by Leah Beeferman, Gregg Biermann, Danielle Ezzo & Anton Marini, Lisa Gwilliam & Ray Sweeten, Jeremiah Jones, Michelle Leftheris, Rollin Leonard, Zach Nader, Andrew Neumann, Danielle Roney, Anita Thacher, and Yuge Zhou involving the fragmentation of the digital frame/image.
In these videos and online works ranging from 15 seconds to 15 minutes the rectangular screen is broken or segmented, often in time and space, offering the viewer alternative ways to perceive the reality of the underlying imagery including television programming and Hollywood films as well as real life and virtual subject matters such as migration and displacement, the union of lovers, the concept of “manifest destiny”, AI in use on the web, and the anthropomorphic qualities of machines at work on the streets of New York City.
Additionally, the fragments, as screens within the screen, expand the possibilities of single-channel works to include elements usually associated with multi-screen or multi-projection installations.
Leah Beeferman is an artist from New York City, currently based in Helsinki. She makes digital projects (prints, videos, sound pieces, performance-screenings, web artworks) which consider relationships among nature, abstraction, perception, contemporary physics, and the digital, with a curiosity about what is “real” and what is observed. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Rawson Projects, New York, and Sorbus, Helsinki, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award to Finland.
Biermann is a film, video and multi-media artist whose work takes advantage of digital technologies to advance rigorous compositional strategies. Biermann embraces digital technology’s “capacity to alter, mask, fragment, re-mix, super-impose, mutate, reflect, transmit and reframe”. His work has been exhibited internationally at a wide variety of museums, film festivals, art galleries and theaters.
Danielle Ezzo is a photo-based artist and Anton Marini is a graphics programmer. Together they are curious about where imaging technology and the human form meet. Marini is a former artist in residence at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and researcher in residence at NYU’s Brooklyn Experimental Media Center. He has also taught at Parsons/New School Design and Technology Department and performed and taught workshops at many new media and video festivals around the world. Ezzo’s work has been written about in the Boston Globe, Tate, BKN Magazine, and Lenscratch and exhibited internationally at IRL Gallery (OH), Dose Projects (NY), A.C. Institute (NY), The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others. She has lectured at the academic conference HISTART’14 (Istanbul), Carrot Creative, and IFP Media Center, Eyebeam, and is published in The New Inquiry. She is a MFA graduate of Lesley University College of Art & Design (LUCAD).
Lisa Gwilliam and Ray Sweeten use current technologies that are further developed or redirected as a means to consider the culture of informatics and the thresholds of image recognition and perception across various mediums. Gwilliam & Sweeten’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York City Center (Parrish Art Museum commission), geh8, Dresden, Germany, Schmidt Center Gallery of FAU, Boca Raton, Florida, Rowan University Art Gallery, New Jersey, and Whitdel Arts Center, Detroit, Michigan, among others. Gwilliam & Sweeten live and work in Brooklyn, New York.
Jeremiah Jones is an artist who creates objects and videos that explore the complex histories, landscapes and relationships that form our world. His process includes found image research, field production, and material projects in the studio to create complex works that bring to bear contemporary systems and mythologies. His work often incorporates the formal elements of projected light and sound. He holds a B.A. from the Evergreen State College, and an MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at The Tacoma Art Museum, The Hyde Park Art Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as numerous independent art spaces and private collections in LA, New York, Chicago, and internationally.
Michelle Leftheris is a Brooklyn based artist. She earned her BFA in Photography from the University of Cincinnati and holds an MFA in Digital Media from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at various galleries and museums. She is currently a core faculty member in MFA Photography department at the School of Visual Arts.
Zach Nader’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including during a month-long nightly video installation on 23 advertisement billboards as part of Midnight Moment, New York’s Times Square; at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; and Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel, Switzerland, among many others. A solo exhibition of his work is currently on view at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham through March 18th, 2017. The artist has been a resident at The Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Brooklyn, NY and a featured speaker at ICP-Bard, New York, NY and Bard at Simon Rock, Great Barrington, MA among others. Nader was born in Dallas, Texas and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Andrew Neumann is an artist an artist who works in a variety of media, including photography, video, sculpture, installation, and electronic/interactive music. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a LEF Foundation Grant, and others awards. He has had one-person shows at bitforms, the DeCordova Museum in MA, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and others. His original artistic output consists of single channel videos and films, a variety of electronic and digital technologies integrated into sculptural works, and electronic musical interfaces. His single channel videos have been shown on PBS, The Worldwide Video Festival, and Artist Space. He has had solo music/video performances at Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia and Roulette, in NYC. Neumann has had residencies at The MacDowell Colony, YADDO, Ucross Foundation, Steim , and the Experimental Television Center, among others.
Rollin Leonard (b. 1984) graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, where most of his reading focused on minds, bodies, and machines. He has spent more than 10 years of digital exploration and experimentation on the human body, with more than 3,000 human subjects captured in every imaginable way. Currently, he is based in Los Angeles where his studio practice revolves around developing new studio photography techniques and producing semi-sculptural works on paper, plastic, and in video. His work has been exhibited at The Photographer’s Gallery in London, Museum of the Moving Image, Moving Image Art Fairs in New York, Istanbul, and London, Bitforms Gallery NYC, Transfer Gallery NYC, Postmasters Gallery NYC, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Carnegie Museum of Art, SFMoMA, The Whitney Museum, and is included in the collection of 53 Museum Guangzhou, China.
Danielle Roney’s artistic practice navigates virtual and physical migrations, displacing communicative infrastructures to expose the impact and potentialities of our technological society. Working with sculpture, time-based media and interactive media architecture, the artist interweaves the duality of isolation and connectedness, redefining the spatial relationship of encounters to transcend geographical, political and ideological barriers. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America and ArtPapers among others. She has received numerous grants including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, Sony Electronics and the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as awards from the Loridans Foundation. Roney was the designer of the U.S. Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2010 with the High Museum of Art. She studied sculpture and digital media at the University of Georgia and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Anita Thacher is a New York-based artist working in multiple mediums including painting, film, video, public art, light, architectural and sculptural installation. Her work has been exhibited at institutions including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, MoMA PS1, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Jeu de Paume, Paris among others. Her films have premiered at The New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, New Directors/New Films and are included in the public collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.
Yuge Zhou is a Chinese born, Chicago-based artist whose video and installation works portray ‘urban dispositions’ and explore the complex interactions between humans and their environment. Zhou has exhibited her work among others at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Illinois; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; SIGGRAPH Asia, Japan; Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA; and ISEA 2016 in Hong Kong. Her work has been featured in the New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, and China Daily, among others. Zhou earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
With the underwriting support of the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation