…So often digital presence seems to imply absence. Few illumations are as lonely as the gently glowing unattended monitor, mute and suggestive of a distant rage. So much of “ink jet art” for all its technical wiz bang is unmoving. The present day cuddling of digitally guided cutting and layering tools, C&C’s and 3D printers, may inevitably and surprisingly quickly loose a lot of their seductive gloss.
Maybe we ask for too much. It’s only technology. And yet the possibilities of new conversations continue to engage and are at times are delightful. Reassuringly, artists are yet again called upon to put “Us” back in the picture, a picture that we really never left. The trajectory is reassuring; once the initial hot flashes of awe pass we question the longer nature of the relationship, what can we do with it now? what’s in it for me? can it speak my language? will it share? how do we talk about it? Digital production has become an actor rather than a director, and that’s character, not leading man…
Read the full essay by Peter Power here: http://www.fernwey.com/themundane
Matt Mancini was born in Philadelphia, PA. He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He recently completed his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the sculpture department and holds a BFA from Rutgers University. He creates material rich and optically vibrant work in a hybrid of formats spanning between sculpture, installation, and painting.
Katie Pennachio is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her recent paintings are deeply rooted in the image space of the computer screen and a contrasting devotion to the hand and the physical process of layering paint. Having previously exhibited her work in New York City and New Brunswick, New Jersey, this is her first time showing in Chicago. Pennachio received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her BFA from New York University. She was also an artist in residence and fellowship recipient at Vermont Studio Center.