Evan Roth – Silhouettes
Evan Roth — Silhouettes. Belenius/Nordenhake is proud to present new works by Evan Roth in our downstairs Project Space, and you are cordially invited to join us for drinks on Thursday 19/11 18–20:00. Born in 1978, Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris whose practice visualizes and archives culture through unintended uses of technologies. Creating prints, sculptures, videos and websites, his work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to digital and non-digital systems. Roth’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art NYC and has been exhibited at various institutions, including the Centre Pompidou, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Tate and the front page of Youtube. He has received numerous awards, including the Golden Nica from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum commissions and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, and he is involved in the upcoming show “Electronic Superhighway (2016 – 1966)” at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London United Kingdom from January 29th to May 15th, 2016.
“The Silhouette series utilizes the 18th century technique of the same name by representing a subject as an outline cut into a single piece of solid black paper. The technique was originally conceived as a time saving measure (e.g. John Miers “the 3 minute sittings” circa 1800), however more recent studies have shown that the silhouette is the most immediately recognisable and identifiable shape of an individual. Although the technique most commonly depicts a person in profile, it is applied here towards the proportions and shape of the modern day Internet. The individual compositions are composed from pieces of the artist’s own Internet browsing data and based on standardized internet advertising proportions, drawing into question whether these proportions are in reaction to or are a driving force behind the general shape of the web. Similar to its 18th century counterpart, the series eschews the content of the subject, leaving only the familiar outlines to represent the character.” /Evan Roth The Silhouette has been exhibited at:Carroll Fletcher Gallery, Pencil / Line / Eraser, London, UK Gallery Niklas Belenius, Memory, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014 Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Intellectual Property Donor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 2014 XPO Gallery, View In Room, Paris, France, 2013 evan-roth.com/