Our membership of the Tate has run out so we're not attending as many exhibitions but it's good because it encourages us to get up off our backsides and see what else is on offer. Last weekend I felt in need of some some art. It can be addictive and I think for me it is definitely a form of escapism; like a good book. Robin did a bit of research and came up with a new show on at the Whitechapel about art and the internet: Electronic Superhighway
Getting out of the flat is so hard in the winter, don't you find? It seemed to take ages for us to get out the door. We should have allowed enough time to absorb everything and allow for breaks etc, especially as we were paying to get in but we got there late afternoon and it shuts at six... Silly Billys!
Time restriction therefore meant we had to miss out a few things as awaiting us were three rooms dedicated to the subject, running in chronological order. We went to the last room first where we could look at the older work. Robin has made a lot of work recently using old images of computers with text so he was interested to see the older works. Here's one page from his forthcoming booklet...
We dashed upstairs and played with the toys. There were screens everywhere: large groupings of screens such as in Nam June Paik's intsallation called Internet Dream from 1984 plus individual screens showing artists experimenting with computer programmes.
Hybrid Men Monolitisk
Acrylic on wood and paper
If you like a bit of technology in the mix with your art appreciation then you'll be entertained by this themed show and there's a lot more to it than I have dealt with here. You've got until the 15 May to check it out but don't make the mistake that we did; allow yourself enough time.
And for an encore here's another beauty by Roy Ascott called Change Painting from 1968 (Five glass panes in a wooden frame).
I love it!