Sorry Archive presents a demonstration of cellular interphase at SELECT Fair Miami Beach. Artworks act as cell components within the latticed structure of the fair. Each day, a new oil painting by Eric Wiley will join a new graphic panel on rotating mechanical support by B Thom Stevenson. Joshua Liebowitz acts as an enzymatic agent in the cell, synthesizing digital DNA from the other two images to produce a dynamic, time-sensitive video projection.
Wiley’s lush portraits and Stevenson’s graphic panels are on opposite ends of the visual spectrum, each representing one strand of a DNA double helix. Stevenson’s robotic “lazy man’s protester” sways his menacing signs that draw on the branded stylings of horror genre posters and truck stop culture. While Stevenson’s works threaten to whack fair-goers if they get too close, Wiley’s expressive characters beckon or scold the viewer from surreal worlds, facing off against the thickly textured canvas as if it were the membrane of their own living bubble. Through embedding himself in vast quantities of code derived from Stevenson and Wiley’ image files, Liebowitz struggles against an unfathomable scientific sublime in order to visualize certain properties of the images. The frequency axes of the videos are flipped in order to mirror the antiparallel motion of nucleotide replication, as one strand is replicated continuously and the other in short lagging segments.
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