[NetBehaviour] Arrested Time.

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Mon Feb 15 10:42:52 CET 2010

Arrested Time
An exhibition of works combining contemporary technologies with
traditional drawing and printmaking methods

Nathaniel Stern with Jessica Meuninck-Ganger
Greylock Arts, 93 Summer St, Adams MA
Curated by Jo-Anne Green
26 February 2010 - 3 April 2010
Opening reception Friday, February 26th 2010, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Nathaniel Stern’s Given Time 
(http://nathanielstern.com/2010/given-time/) simultaneously activates 
and performs two permanently logged-in Second Life avatars, each forever 
and only seen by and through the other. They hover in mid-air, almost 
completely still, gazing into one another’s interface. Viewers encounter 
this networked partnership as a diptych of large-scale (8 feet tall) and 
facing video projections in a real world gallery, both exhibiting a live 
view of one avatar, as perceived by the other. To create a visceral 
aesthetic, these custom-designed and life-sized “bodies” are hand-drawn 
in subtly animated graphite and charcoal. The audience is invited to 
physically walk between them; they’re able to hear and see them 
breathing, witness their hair blowing in the wind, pick up faint sounds 
such as rushing water or birds crying out from the surrounding simulated 
environment. Here, an intimate exchange between dual, virtual bodies is 
transformed into a public meditation on human relationships, bodily 
mortality, and time’s inevitable flow.

In Distill Life (http://nathanielstern.com/2010/passing-between/), Stern 
and Meuninck-Ganger approach both old and new media as form. They 
permanently mount translucent prints and drawings directly on top of 
video screens, creating moving images on paper. They incorporate 
technologies and aesthetics from traditional printmaking - including 
woodblock, silk screen, etching, lithography, photogravure etc - with 
the technologies and aesthetics of contemporary digital, video and 
networked art, to explore images as multidimensional. Their 
juxtaposition of anachronistic and disparate methods, materials and 
content - print and video, paper and electronics, real and virtual - 
enables novel approaches to understanding each. The artists work with 
subject matter ranging from historical portraiture to current events, 
from artificial landscapes to socially awkward moments.

With Arrested Time (http://greylockarts.net/arrested-time), Green 
curates an exhibition of Stern’s solo and collaborative work that 
explores the juxtaposition of old and new media, and illuminates the 
possibilities and limitations of both. The works hover between stasis 
and motion, texture and light, line and pixel, past and present, paper 
and screen, surface and depth, one artist and another.


Greylock Arts, 93 Summer St, Adams MA 01220
Admission is free and open to the public
Saturdays, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m
Otherwise by appointment

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