GIF by General Howe
Encrypted Fills is making its debut offline appearance in the Concrete to Data exhibition currently on view at the Steinberg Museum of Art in Brookville NY through March 21st 2015. The collaborative project that launched this past summer was initiated and created by RJ Rushmore and Ryan Seslow.
Abe Lincoln Jr. – Adam VOID – Broken Fingaz – CAKE – Caroline Caldwell – Enzo & Nio – Enzo Sarto – Gaia – General Howe – Jilly Ballistic – John Fekner – Leon Reid IV – Olek – Monique Spier – Michael Branson Smith – Peter Drew – Rone – Ryan Seslow – Stinkfish – Swampy
GIF by SLOW
RJ Rushmore describes Encrypted Fills: “We have been watching for years (and Ryan’s been participating as an artist himself) as people in the street art and graffiti world have turned to experimenting with new mediums like GIFs, video art, and related forms of electronic documentation to express their ideas on digital platforms. Sometimes the aesthetics of the work are nearly indistinguishable from static street pieces, and other times these digital works are hardly recognizable as related to street art or graffiti, but we believe that these new works come from the same place. Artists who have been getting up outdoors are now reaching out to a similar digital public, and it’s opened the door for those artists to reach beyond static images. We are very excited about this development. We want to promote this work and identify it as something particular and distinct from other art being produced in the street art and graffiti communities. We also want to preserve the best examples of it for posterity, lest in the future we think of these works as standard and forget the artistic leaps that were made in the last few years and those that will be made in the years to come.”
GIF by Enzo Sarto
Encrypted Fills as a presence in the exhibition functions on a pedestal using an imac computer to display the digital works. A mouse is accessible for the viewer to scroll through the site and select what they wish to view via category. Encrypted Fills has been placed site specifically into the composition of the gallery as a whole. To the left of the piece is an arrangement of Martha Cooper’s classic series of 1980’s NYC graffiti photos from the Subway Art book. Trains by DONDI, LEE, FUTURA, DUSTER, BLADE and more are present.
To the right of Encrypted Fills are another two pedestals, one of which is also equipped with an imac computer. A short and powerful politically charged animated film by General Howe and a series of 3D prints by collaborators GAIA & Pablo Gnecco.
The three consolidated pedestals of works lead the viewer into the largest aspect of the exhibition. A huge fragmented mural of 18 feet in height filling a half rotunda shape. The collaborative mural pieces are a celebration of artistic styles, techniques and methods painted and pasted directly onto the wall. It gives the viewer a survey of evolution over the last 25 years. Transitions and progressions with aerosol paint to hand painted murals using latex, acrylic and homemade concoctions created site on scene. Encrypted Fills resides in between the documentation of the past and the explosive evolution of the continued applied methods. Encrypted Fills represents the energy of the digital age and its tools to continue expanding the street art and graffiti movements. Context and interpretation of the subjects will be up to each individual viewer. Where do you stand?
Video Still by Abe Lincoln Jr.
Video Still by Adam Void
Selected video art works are also accessible to the viewer via the Encrypted Fills imac terminal, as well as opportunities to see 4 selected video art works via DVD playing on a flat screen monitor. Works by Abe Lincoln Jr, Adam Void & Ryan Seslow, and Adam Void & Karim Tabbaa loop consistently.
Video Still by OLEK
Video Still by John Fekner
Video Still by SWAMPY
GIF by Jilly Ballistic
The Encrypted Fills archive continues to grow and both RJ and Ryan are in the planning stages of the second exhibition series. Concrete to Data is the first example of how and where the online presentation can expand to. Traditional museum spaces and or galleries are just a small part of the module. They intend to experiment with non traditional spaces as well as public space both planned and unplanned. Artists are also being contacted to venture into digitally collaborating with other artists by weaving their works together through both applied and digital processes. More to come.
GIF by Monique Spier
The new media works in the show are all available via any internet connection using the links below. It is the intention of the curator to induce the viewer to engage via their mobile device, tablets or personal computers. Concrete to Data as an exhibition never really ends..
Screen the selected new media works here:
Encrypted Fills – http://encryptedfills.com
Encrypted Fills GIF Feed – http://www.encryptedfills.com/category/gif
General Howe – http://www.encryptedfills.com/hector-delagado-has-ptsd
RJ Rushmore’s VIRAL ART Book – http://viralart.vandalog.com/read
LUNA PARK – Flickr Galleries – https://www.flickr.com/photos/lunapark/sets
Abe Lincoln Jr. – http://www.encryptedfills.com/abenoxious
Adam Void & Ryan Seslow – http://www.encryptedfills.com/grafideo
Adam Void & Ryan Seslow – http://www.encryptedfills.com/virtuous-reality
The CONCRETE TO DATA Website serves as a repository of information for the exhibition. In various capacities it informs, shares, documents and grows as the show goes on. And on it will go, especially after the physical space gets buffed and uninstalled. Through out the exhibition Encrypted Fills and Concrete to Data will collaborate on new projects that will be introduced at various points of the show.
Lastly, Concrete to Data.com has initiated its first collaborative project that invites the public to participate. Prior to the launch of the exhibition participating artists were invited to generate remixes and riffs of the original concrete to data logo above. The purpose is to build a new visual repository of stylistic variety by using the text from the show’s title. The submitted works will form and build an organic online gallery. This is a call for submissions, do you want to riff, remix or reinterpret the logo?