Mechanical Painting (laptop)

laptop rafael rozendaal

Mechanical Painting 20 03 02 (Laptop)
Enamel on Steel
170 x 120 cm
On view at Deitch Gallery New York until November

 

Online exhibition at Site Gallery (Sheffield)

rafael-rozendaal

Site Gallery is delighted to be collaborating with Rafaël Rozendaal on a commission and his first UK solo exhibition, Websites, due to open September 23, 2021.

In the lead-up to his exhibition, Rozendaal will release new works every two months exclusively on Site Gallery’s website. The first work is titled Noneither.

In Rafaël’s words:

I make websites-as-artworks. They are concise moving images, generative, random, colorful, moody… I hope. I started making websites in 1999. The internet was a great place then, the early days before the web became corporate. It was an optimistic time full of promise. It was very exciting.

My idea was simple: I did not want to make a website that showed “IRL” documentation, I wanted to make websites that take advantage of the possibilities of the browser. These works are generative moving images. They are not videos or animations. They are code based algorithms. They behave like a fountain or waterfall, always doing the same thing but never repeating itself.

Since 1999, I’ve made about 120 websites, each in their own domain name (.com)
The domain name is the title of the work, and at the same time it’s the location of the work. Domain names are easy to remember, so whenever you want to see one of my works, all you have to do is remember a domain name.

I have exhibited my websites in physical space. Sometimes in galleries or museums, and sometimes on digital billboards in public space. I think websites should behave like gas: they can fill up any potential space. Whether you are seeing my work on a smartwatch or on a 200 meter billboard, each instance of the work is an authentic viewing experience. The work exists in infinite multitudes, any place, any time, as long as you have an internet connection.

For the exhibition “websites” which will launch at Site Gallery in September 2021, I am making a new group of concise moving images. The exhibition was supposed to launch in 2020, but Covid…
Ironically, my work has always suited a locked down life. Now that we spend much more time at home, it seemed like a good idea to launch the works on the web first, and show them later in installation form at Site Gallery. These works are dead ends. There are no links, there is no information, there is only movement. You are presented with these works and once you are there, all you can do is stare.

 

Quiet, Calm, Staring – online exhibition at upstream.gallery

Upstream Gallery proudly presents its online platform upstream.gallery dedicated to host a new series of online exhibitions. These exhibitions will be developed, curated and participated by artists that belong to the top of the digital art world. The first exhibition is curated by Rafaël Rozendaal: Quiet, Calm, Staring

Participating artists: Claude Closky, Constant Dullaart, JODI, Olia Lialina, Jan Robert Leegte, Peter Luining, Jonas Lund, Guthrie Lonergan, Jonathan Puckey / Moniker, Evan Roth, Claudia Maté, Michael Manning, Rafaël Rozendaal.

“We have been online before the crisis and we’ll be here after.”

For this first exhibition Rafaël Rozendaal made a selection of 13 artists who use websites as a medium. He chose to select websites that require no interaction, websites that are endpoints. No information, no links, they are destinations.

As the artist mentions:
“…Art is a place for reflection and contemplation. Quiet, calm, staring. Trying to observe without too many thoughts. We are used to viewing art that way, but the internet is a different place. The internet is fast paced, jumping from link to link, from impression to impression.
Websites are ubique (ubiquitous) objects, they can exist in many places simultaneously. It might sound obvious, and we take it for granted, but I think now more than ever we understand why websites are a very special place for artists to make work. Websites are different from any other medium… they use computational processes to generate living moving images. Browsing them has it’s own rhythm, it’s own flow of time, different from video, TV or cinema…”

 

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alone at the pool

swimming by myself

nobody else

 

discrete objects at upstream gallery

Discrete Objects
Upstream Gallery 2019
Photos by Gert-Jan van Rooij

 

centraal museum utrecht

A selection of websites on the facade of Centraal Museum Utrecht
Curated by Bart Rutten
Photos by Gert-Jan van Rooij

 

6 new websites

 

Abstract Browsing 19 03

 

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first one

only one

no one

 

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nothing

something

everything

 

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i know

i know

i should

 

RR haiku 272

when in doubt

throw it

out

 

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i’m on a diet

for the rest

of my life

 

Nervous at Postmasters Roma

 

Random Fear in Kunsthal Rotterdam

“Random Fear with Mirrors”
at the exhibition “Trouble in Paradise, collection Rattan Chadha”
Kunsthal, Rotterdam
Photos by Job Janssen & Jan Adriaans

 

Abstract Browsing 18 08

 

some still .com

 

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if this

and or

why not

 

“Don’t do too much” exhibition at Postmasters, New York

Don’t do too much
exhibition at Postmasters Gallery, New York
2019
Photos by Tamas Banovich & Kyle Knodell

 

Freedom of Movement at Stedelijk Museum

Freedom of Movement, curated by Karen Archey
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2018
Photos by Peter Tijhuis

 

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tourists here

tourists there

tourists everywhere

 

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will i use this

any time soon

probably not