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Projects:

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The Calm Before the Storm

Monument

Totems

Prints

Exhibitions:

The End of Flutter Valley

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The End of Flutter Valley opens on July 3, 2014 and includes recent works in digital video and print by New York artist Katie Torn. The show runs through August 2, 2014 with a First Thursday reception on July 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. It is free to attend and open to the public.

Kate Torn integrates 3D computer graphics, photography, video, sculpture, and painting to build virtual structures out of the detritus of consumer culture. “Navigating though a simulated Cartesian XYZ space, I construct three-dimensional structures from multiple angles, like a sculptor in a video game,” Torn explains.

Often making reference to the human figure, Torn’s structures offer a vision of a new type of natural substance that finds its origins in the virtual and melds organic and synthetic materials. In Torn’s fantastical worlds, body and object are interchangeable, and the formation of identity is bound to the plastic commodities that surround us from childhood.

Katie Torn (American, b. 1982, New York, NY) builds virtual totems and experimental video works using tools commonly employed in commercials and Hollywood films. Past exhibitions and screenings of her work include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hyde Park Art Center, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Tritriangle, and the Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center in Chicago; in News York at Postmasters Gallery, bitforms gallery, Eyebeam, the Susan D. Goodman Collection, and NYU Commons Gallery; at Union Docs, Interstate Projects and Outlet Gallery in Brooklyn; and Space 1026 in Philadelphia. Torn was the 2013 Visions Fellow at Eyebeam and was recently a resident at The Institute of Electronic Arts, Alfred NY.
              
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About Upfor: Founded in 2013, Upfor presents emerging and established artists working in digital and other mediums. The 1,700 square-foot gallery offers a versatile exhibition and installation space in Portland’s visual arts district. The gallery is located at 929 NW Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and by appointment. For more information about upcoming exhibitions, please visit www.upforgallery.com.

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Sculpture has suffered negation in the discourse and the marketplace. For Rosalind Krauss it was both not-architecture ["what was on or in front of a building that was not the building,'] and not-landscape ["what was in the landscape that was not the landscape."] For Ad Reinhardt sculpture was not-painting: Something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting. 

Modernism and postmodernism aggrandized the painting, the mark, the brush, the gesture, rendering sculpture's critical presence invisible, its space a void. In the Internet age, painting and photography slide in and out of JPEGs while sculpture is left behind IRL, its simulacra always giving the digital game away.

By now we can't deny it: the critical theories we have erected have proved impotent when confronting the fertile field of sculpture as it is practiced today.

Artists are making sculptures with all the overlooked verbs on Richard Serra's list (*). Sculpture exists in and defines not just physical space, but psychic space, conceptual space, political space. And not just space, but our presence in it, our relationship to it, our movement through it, our responsibility for it.

Sculpture is physical, at once a thing, the space around it, and an image, a full-spectrum experience imprinted on the brain and the body of the viewer. 

Rachel Beach

Caitlin Cherry

Monica Cook

Diana Cooper

Molly Crabapple

Daria Irincheeva

Natalie Jeremijenko

Saeri Kiritani

Joanna Malinowska

Michelle Matson

Rachel Mason

Esperanza Mayobre

Brenna Murphy

Kate Ostler

Shinique Smith

Katie Torn

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The New Romantics Collection
The New Romantics Collection

We’re delighted to present The New Romantics collection on Sedition. In partnership with Eyebeam, Art & Technology Centre, Sedition presents 11 digital editions by nine artists as part of the The New Romantics exhibition at Eyebeam from 17 April - 10 May. The collection includes nine videos and two image stills that are available on Sedition in a digital edition of 300 each. 
Buy now to secure your editions ›

‘The New Romantics’ Collection by Eyebeam
‘The New Romantics Collection’ Collection

The New Romantics collection explores ways in which contemporary artists use digital media to engage the body, represent nature, utilise poetic irony and deal with issues of individuality - as originally expressed in 19th century Romanticism. Comparable to artists’ reactions against the social and environmental impact of the Industrial Revolution, The New Romantics collection identifies a critical precedent for artists today: their response to the current information revolution and technological innovation. Read more and preview ›

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The New Romantics @ EYEBEAM

On View 17 April - 10 May 2014
 

About the Show:

The New Romantics is an exhibition exploring the ways in which contemporary artists using digital media engage the body, representations of nature, poetic irony, and expressions of individuality as originally expressed in 19th Century Romanticism. By drawing equivalences between then and now, this exhibition identifies a critical precedent for artists today that are responding to their ever changing technological environment. Just as the Romantics responded to the industrial revolution, this group of artists are similarly responding to the information revolution.
Curators Claudia Hart, Nicholas O’Brien, and Katie Torn have put together an exhibition that illustrates the diversity and complexity of contemporary digital production. In doing so, The New Romantics presents a unique selection of works by artists not based on formal similarities, but on expressive affinities. By employing a myriad of contemporary techniques - including digital fabrication, 3D simulation, software-based collage, video game engines, and peer to peer networking tools - the artists in this exhibition expose an underlying thread of individual expression that extends beyond mere tech-fetishism.

 

Programming Details:
 

On view: 17 April - 10 May, 2014
12:00PM - 6:00PM, Tuesday - Saturday

Night of Performances: 25 April, 2014 
Doors at 6:00PM

Closing Reception: 8 April, 2014
6:00PM - 9:00PM

 

Artists Included:

Mark Beasley, Tim Berrensheim, Alexandra Gorczynski, Ryan Whittier Hale, Claudia Hart, Jeremiah Johnson, Brookhart Jonquil, Sophie Kahn, Alex M. Lee, Sara Ludy, Shane Mecklenburger, Jonathan Monaghan, Mikey McParlane and Michael Mallis, Brenna Murphy, Nicholas O’Brien, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jon Rafman, Nicolas Sassoon, Jasper Spicero, Kate Steciw, Katie Torn, and Krist Wood.

 

Performances by:

ATOM-r (Mark Jeffrey and Judd Morrissey), Ann Hirsch, Miao Jiaxin, Mikey McParlane, and Vincent Tiley.

 

With support from:
 

     
 

Eyebeam is partnering with Sedition to present The New Romantics Collection - an exclusive selection of works by artists in the exhibition that will be available for purchase as digital limited editions on Sedition, an online platform for artists to display and sell their art in digital format. The New Romantics Collection launches on 8th May 2014 on Sedition and for the closing reception. 

Follow Eyebeam on Sedition for a private view of the collection. www.seditionart.com/eyebeam 


More information at: http://eyebeam.org/events/the-new-romantics

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casting a wide net @ Postmasters Gallery

54 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013

November 30, 2013 – January 18, 2014

Saturday, November 30:
artists' talks 5:30-6pm
opening reception 6-8pm


JODI, Olia Lialina, Wolfgang Staehle, Eva & Franco Mattes, Constant Dullaart, Oliver Laric,

 Petra Cortright,  Katie Torn, Austin Lee and Rollin Leonard


casting a wide net is a cross-generational exhibition of artists who work in the technology-aware environment we all inhabit.

The show brings together legendary artists from the early pioneering days of media art (Olia Lialina, JODI, Wolfgang Staehle); artists like Eva and Franco Mattes, Constant Dullaart, and Oliver Laric who have been working and showing internationally for many years; and a new generation of younger artists just gaining wider recognition (Petra Cortright, Katie Torn, Austin Lee and Rollin Leonard).

http://www.postmastersart.com/

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http://thewrong.org/

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2013 Eyebeam Fellow Katie Torn’s Dream House on view in the Eyebeam Storefront October 24th through November 9th. Opening Reception on October 24th 6-8pm

The American imagination demands the real thing and, to attain it, must fabricate the absolute fake.

                        – Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality.

Dream House is an exhibition of 2013 Eyebeam Fellow Katie Torn’s hyperrealistic digital prints and video works. Torn’s work employs 3D computer software used for Hollywood films, commercials, and first-person shooter video games to create virtual sculptures that reflect her observations on American consumerism, technology, and its impact on the body. Inspired by Cubism and Futurism, art movements that strived to find new ways to express life in the industrial age, Torn’s use of digital technologies channels life in an age where interacting in a virtual space is a mundane activity.

Featured along side digital pigment prints, the titular video piece, Dream House (2013), is a 3D simulation of a “female” biomorphic architectural structure that builds up with consumer products over a seven-hour period. Conventional camera techniques found in Hollywood films used to evoke emotion in audience members, such as close-up and fly through are employed to capture the real-time simulation from multiple angles, providing the viewer numerous experiences of the same scene The piece is a monument to desire and waste caused by a system that manipulates desire for monetary means.

Torn is a digital media artist and professor living in New York City. She studied at Hunter College and received her MFA in Film, Video and Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has shown at MOCA LA, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, Union Docs, Internet Week New York, Hyde Park Art Center, Interstate Gallery, and Platform Gallery in New York City. She has also performed at VIA Music and New Media Festival in Pittsburgh, and SPACE 1026 in Philadelphia.

http://www.eyebeam.org/events/dream-house

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Rusty Shackleford "Dream Feeder" + Katie Torn "Dream House"

@ Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center

1034 N MILWAUKEE
CHICAGO, IL 60622

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On view October 18-November 23

http://www.rootsandculturecac.org/

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Un-Natural Constellations @ Newman Popiashvili Gallery

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