[NetBehaviour] Evan Roth: Intellectual Property Donor.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Feb 4 17:12:04 CET 2014
Evan Roth: Intellectual Property Donor.
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts - Middletown
05 / 02 / 2014 - 02 / 03 / 2014
Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor, the first major U.S. one-person
presentation of the artist’s pioneering, multi-faceted and interactive
installations, custom software, prints, sculptures and websites,
organized by guest curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of
c2 curatorsquared, will be on view in Wesleyan University’s Ezra and
Cecile Zilkha Gallery from Wednesday, February 5 through Sunday, March
2. The reception will be preceded by an artist talk by Evan Roth at
4:30pm in CFA Hall, located at 287 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan
campus in Middletown.
Evan Roth’s work occupies the irregular zone at the intersection of free
culture with popular culture, where viral media meets art, and graffiti
connects with technology. The powerful and surprising images, objects,
and experiences in the exhibition Intellectual Property Donor suggest a
new way to exist within the current environment shaped by our
participation in an increasingly cyber and global world, yet grounded in
our need for materiality and personal connections.
Roth consistently intervenes into existing systems to subvert or
transform them from the private realm to the public. His interest in
graffiti and open source programming fall under the rubric of hacking.
He often mentions a “handshake” moment between graffiti writers and
hackers, noting the inherent potential to reach wider audiences and
spread his way of thinking into general popular culture by referencing
the same systems and open source methodologies. Roth inventively takes
his artist’s brain and reaches into the disparate worlds of computer
programming and street culture, forging a new way to approach each realm.
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