Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ben Worley, aka Bean Summer, data mines Information

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click to enlarge SCREEN DOORS OF PERCEPTION: “Video Still Sheet #4, Information Series”
  • SCREEN DOORS OF PERCEPTION: “Video Still Sheet #4, Information Series”

"Information Randomized Mix-up #4" is an encyclopedia. The artwork, a scintillating grid of tiny inkjet images by Atlanta video artist and VJ Ben Worley, contains a world. Everything from elephants to earthworms to an ironic-looking guy with a beard rolls across the surface in a Red Bull- and NoDoz-fueled mesh of nervous animation. The work also happens to be a literal encyclopedia — at least in part. The piece re-creates elements from Worley's earlier works, which used images from an actual encyclopedia to explore fractured, unassimilated visual data in constant flux.

In Information, the artist's master's thesis show at Get This! Gallery, Worley continues his examination of the explosion of information occasioned by digital media and a networked world.

Worley also goes by the nom de plume Bean Summer. Like his names, the artist's work concatenates random elements to hint at secret meanings hidden in the spaces where objects collide and images jostle one another in an aggressive, energetic dance.

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