Cory Arcangel “Century 21”

Greene Naftali Gallery

poster for Cory Arcangel “Century 21”

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Cory Arcangel hacks into the systems and software that define our networked lives, introducing glitches and misfires that reveal the perils of technological dependence. His debut solo exhibition at Greene Naftali will intensify themes honed over his twenty-year career, using the structures and social mores of digital platforms as his primary artistic material.

Featuring both real-time and recorded media interventions, works on paper and riffs on painting, the exhibition centers on his most ambitious work to date: a live feed of a custom computer navigating the role-playing game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, using machine learning—intended to optimize performance—toward less streamlined ends. By turns hypnotic and sinister, droll and dark, Arcangel’s work reflects on the breakneck pace of technological and cultural obsolescence, and the fleeting nature of what he calls “the ‘image world’ that both consumes us and fits so snugly into the palm of our hands.”

Cory Arcangel lives and works in Stavanger, Norway and Brooklyn, New York. He is a composer, artist, and entrepreneur. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Firstsite Gallery, Essex, United Kingdom (2019); CC Foundation, Shanghai (2019); The Kitchen, New York (2017); Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy (2015); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2012); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011); and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2005). His work is in the collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.

[Image: Cory Arcangel, /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (production still), 2017-2021. Custom built high performance computer rig (AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core 32-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor central processing unit, Rog Crosshair Viii Dark Hero motherboard, G.SKILL 64GB (2 x 32GB) Trident Z Neo Series DDR4 PC4-21300 2666 MHz 288-Pin Desktop Memory Model F4-2666C18D-64GTZN random access memory, (x2) EVGA 24G-P5-3975-KR GeForce RTX 3090 XC3 Ultra Gaming graphics processing units’ & Corsair Professional Series AX 1200 Watt Digital ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Platinum (AX1200i) power supply, various peripherals), custom built Deep-Q Learning RPG playing software bot, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood casual free-to-play role-playing Android game, Android phone, amplifier & speakers, various cables. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. © Cory Arcangel]



from March 05, 2021 to April 17, 2021


Cory Arcangel

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