These lenticular paintings are on view in my exhibition
Everything you see is in the past
at Postmasters Gallery NYC
till January 18.
These lenticular paintings are on view in my exhibition
Seoul Art Square is Korea’s biggest screen. The entire facade of a 23 story high building is covered with a grid of LED lights, transforming the building into a wall of moving colors.
From now until the end of January, a selection of my works will be shown. You can catch it live on their webcam feed, if you tune in at the right moment!
Everything You See Is In The Past
Art can’t be defined. Try it. It can’t be done. We all kind of know what it is but no one really knows. No one really knows what happiness is either. The moment you know it, you’re not really happy. When you’re really happy, you’re not thinking about happiness.
- Rafaël Rozendaal
If I was high I might enjoy his work, but unfortunately I am sober and can say with a clear mind that this is complete bullshit.
- Anonymous YouTube comment
Postmasters Gallery is pleased to announce a first solo exhibition in New York of Dutch-Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal. “Everything You See Is In The Past” will present several of his websites as large scale projections and a group of unique lenticular paintings that he began making in 2012.
Born in 1980, Rozendaal uses the Internet as his canvas. Spread out over a vast network of domain names, his work attracts a large online audience of over 40 million visits per year. His practice explores the electronic screen as a pictorial space, reverse engineering reality into condensed bits, to create works that reside somewhere between painting and animation.
Rozendaal’s websites are individual works of art where the domain name serves as the title (e.g., http://www.nothingeverhappens.com/). Though collectors may buy his websites, Rozendaal stipulates in his Art Website Sales Contract that the sites must remain on public view and the owner must renew the domain registration annually. “It’s the virtual equivalent of owning a sculpture in a public park,” he says. “There’s a point of pride of being the one who commissioned or paid for it. And the site still identifies the owner.”
For Rozendaal’s lenticular paintings, algorithm is a new brush. Each unique composition consists of several frames, so the abstract image offers an illusion of depth and appears to animate when the work is viewed from various angles. In October Rozendaal’s lenticular painting “Into Time 13 08 13” was the feature lot of “Paddles On!” a first digital art auction curated by Lindsay Howard at Phillips.
In 2010 Rafaël Rozendaal created BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an extremely successful open source DIY curatorial format that has been staged over 100 times around the world. “Everything You See Is In The Past” will be accompanied by a BYOB closing event.
Selected Recent Exhibitions: Centre Pompidou, Venice Biennale, Valencia Biennial, Casa Franca Brasil Rio, TSCA Gallery Tokyo, Seoul Art Square, NIMk Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum project space.
Selected Press: Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Flash Art, Dazed & Confused, Interview, Wired, Purple, McSweeney’s, O Globo, Vice, Creators Project, Artreview, Metropolis M, +81, La Repubblica, Vogue.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
we all want
In the aesthetic point of view freedom is formlessness.
The ever-perspicacious reader will already have discovered without difficulty that modesty is not my specialty.
I have always had an answer for everything, and this time I also had one.
I understood almost nothing of what I read, and this in itself filled me with pride and satisfaction.
My immeasurable arrogance always immunized me against being affected by anything.
It was the first and the last time in my life that for several minutes I lost faith in myself.
My position was that happiness or unhappiness is an ultra-individual matter having nothing to do with the structure of society, the standard of living or the political rights of the people.
Only beings composed of nothingness and mediocrity are capable of elevating themselves a little with alcohol.
One maxim became axiomatic for my spirit: If you decide to wage a war for the total triumph of your individuality, you must begin by inexorably destroying those who have the greatest affinity with you. All alliance depersonalizes; everything that tends to the collective is your death; use the collective, therefore, as an experiment, after which strike hard, and remain alone!
I do not understand why, when I ask for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, I am never served a cooked telephone;
With me no one could ever tell where humor ended and my congenital fanaticism began, so that people soon got used to letting me do whatever I wanted.
After three days of furiously jerking fortune’s cock it ejaculated in a spasm of gold!
Very rich people have always impressed me; very poor people, like the fishermen of Port Lligat, have likewise impressed me; average people, not at all.
I have never understood the rapidity with which I became popular.
War had transformed men into savages. Their sensibility had become degraded. One could see only things that were terribly enlarged and unbalanced. After a long diet of nitro-glycerine, everything that did not explode went unperceived.
I have never succeeded in learning the alphabet by heart, and when I need to look up something in the dictionary all I have to do is to open it at random, and I always find what I am looking for.
“To rest,” for me, meant to begin immediately to paint twelve hours a day instead of resting.
for a very brief moment
sweet dreamy fluffy pretty
jiggly fuzzy tender yummy
gentle happy cuddly cozy
out of nowhere
a sudden, unexpected
that’s not true