This Thursday, from 6-8:30 PM at the NYABF opening, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. and Arcangel Surfware present 'Cory Arcangel: All the Small Things,' an installation, booksigning and debut of a limited edition print and T-shirt celebrating the publication of Arcangel’s new book.
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Published by Koenig Books. Text by Michael Bank Christoffersen, Alain Licht. Interview by Jonah Peretti.
New York–based artist Cory Arcangel (born 1978) is a leading exponent of technology-based art, drawn to video games and software for their ability to rapidly formulate new communities and traditions and, equally, their speed of obsolescence. His work bridges the highbrow and the lowbrow, popular culture and art. With All The Small Things, Arcangel presents media and cultural references that are widely accessible and known to the masses, in novel and unorthodox ways. Arcangel is a firm believer in making his work available and freely shares many of his video and code-based works on the Internet. His practice has gained him an immense online presence and following that is both independent of and outside the mainstream fine art world. This first comprehensive monograph was designed in close cooperation with the artist.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Raphael Gygax.
Twenty-five years ago, the first 8-bit Nintendo console went on the market; now most home computers have hundreds of thousands of times that power. Arcangel, who is 27 this year, is a full-fledged member of the generation that grew up on home video games. With Beige, a collective of fellow programmers, he has embarked on a hacker's nostalgia trip: his return to Super Mario Brothers removes all of the action to leave a landscape of blue sky and puffy clouds; Shoot Andy Warhol is a working video game in which viewers gain points for hitting Warhol and lose them by accidentally shooting Colonel Sanders, the Pope or Flavor Flav instead. Arcangel appropriates and rewrites electronic history, and his accessible sites and published code offer viewers tools for action in a reality that is less and less tangible, through a field that has come to dominate our daily lives. Arcangel's work was shown at the 2004 Whitney Biennial.