|The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics
September 18 - December 6, 2019
The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics” features sixteen works from throughout net art history, showcasing a wide range of forms—websites, software, sculpture, graphics, books, and merchandise—while offering a space for considering the internet as social process, material infrastructure, and lived experience. The works on view have been selected from “Net Art Anthology,” Rhizome’s major online exhibition featuring one hundred works that sketch a possible canon for net art. Presented online at anthology.rhizome.org, “Net Art Anthology” represents a major archival effort, leveraging Rhizome’s unique expertise in the history of network culture and the display and preservation of born-digital artworks. Open-ended, performative, and ephemeral, artworks that circulate on and respond to the internet often survive only as fragments and traces, offering glimpses of a larger networked context that can never be fully grasped.
The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics has been organized by the Rhizome. Net Art Anthology was made possible by The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.
Tzetzegov Erasures (installation detail)
Katherine L. Ross
Katherine L. Ross (Kitty Ross) is a ceramic sculptor. Porcelain production for large installations addressing history, biological technology, disease and prophylaxis, genetic engineering, hybridization, and cloning is often combined with video, photography and mixed media. “I am interested in issues that raise questions for me. My work in the studio is a conversation between the materials, the subject, and me. I don’t need to answer the questions but I want to see how far the conversation can go. I want the viewers to engage in the conversation too. Porcelain intrigues me more than any other type of clay because of its history. Porcelain is a status symbol valued for purity and strength. It is elegant and expensive. I am interested in its role in economies, politics and culture. The work is moving towards performance and animal collaborations, taking the work outside of a gallery situation. The work becomes more abstract, open ended, and interactive."
Support for this exhibition is generously provided by the Efroymson Family Fund.