Jim Campbell on the Women’s March
THE DAILY PIC: At Bryce Wolkowitz, Jim Campbell's digital art turns pink pussy ears into pixels.
THE DAILY PIC (#1784): Jim Campbell, the pioneer in electronic arts, moves fast: Despite its elaborate technology, his new show at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York is all about the women’s march in Washington just this past January. Campbell has taken little clips of action at the march and rendered them in all kinds of hugely pixelated media, from blocks of clear plastic that break down the image to wall-size pictures built from hundreds of tiny projector chips—as in today’s Daily Pic.
As his videos collapse to near illegibility, you never lose sight of the pink ears on the marchers’ signature pussy hats. Cultural “memes” like those hats can seem to have an almost digital life in our society, popping up like indestructible pixels of meaning. Campbell’s pieces give to flesh to that metaphor, as the marchers’ pink ears refuse to fade into noise. (Courtesy Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York)
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