THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS is a group exhibition that inaugurates Radiator Gallery’s second season. With over 30 works made by 16 artists, the show examines the practice of collage through its many iterations and permutations ranging from works on paper to artist books, photographs, sculpture, textiles, digital projections and video.
The current generation of collage and assemblage artists is conversant in the standard and accepted history of the form as modernist paradigm par excellence. But what was once considered an artistic reaction to the specific age of communication can be seen in retrospect as a responsive method to connect art and the world in any age. The palimpsests of ancient cities and the collage roots of film projection start to seem much closer when looked at from this perspective.
SLOTS is a projection-mapped video piece by Maximus Clarke, installed in the main staircase at the gallery entrance, that considers randomness in the life of the artist. The central metaphor is that of a slot machine, in which images are repeatedly combined to produce unpredictable results. In SLOTS, conventional slot machine symbols are augmented with iconic depictions of humanity from across the history of Western art.
SLOTS is on display as part of THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS through September 30, 2012, at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, Queens, New York.