Katie Torn “Myopia’s Toil”

Art in General

poster for Katie Torn “Myopia’s Toil”

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New York-based artist Katie Torn integrates animation, 3D computer graphics, and video to model virtually simulated scenes out of the detritus of internet and consumer culture. Collecting elements available online, Torn’s digital assemblages carry traces of web browsing histories. Referencing the Modernist traditions of Cubism and Futurism in her avatars and abstractions, fantasy worlds and sci-fi simulations are conflated with 20th century investigations into pictorial space.

Torn’s hybrids offer a vision of new forms and substances that fuse organic and synthetic materials. Female cyborgs are presented as Frankenstein-like monoliths; the surface of their bodies smooth like plastic dolls or skin treated by reconstructive surgery. Elements comingle in an uncomfortable conflation of innocence and adulteration—playful, childhood toys rendered in soft pastels reside in toxic, apocalyptic environments. Operating in close relation to the “natural” world, biomorphic forms excrete and ingest brightly colored liquid into and from their surrounds, suggesting a life-force akin to oil or blood.

Myopia’s Toil features a newly created digital sculpture for Art in General’s Musée Minuscule to be viewed through 3D glasses. Combining built and found 3D models, Torn collages disparate items: plant foliage, derricks, and anime characters with exaggerated features. In an alien landscape reminiscent of video game environments, a looping narrative unfolds of evolution, self-destruction, and regeneration.



from May 16, 2015 to June 27, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-05-16 from 18:00 to 20:00


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