Netiquette • 2/4/2011 – 3/13/2011

Camel Art Space Presents:

• Netiquette •

image: Janos Stone

February 4 – March 13, 2011
Weekends only: 12 – 6 pm or by appointment
Opening reception: Friday, February 4, 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: 722 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11237
Directions: L – train to Graham Avenue [map]

2:nd Friday Art Walk +“Skype Performance“: 2/11 & 3/11 • open 6pm – 9pm

Skype performance” by Stefan Tcherepnin & Janos Stone starts 8pm

Netiquette is an exhibition of artists who investigate digitized human contact and the effect of online social relationships.

Artists include: Deville Cohen • Andrew Graham • Winslow Smith • Janos Stone • Stefan Tcherepnin

When we log onto a social media site, digital ambassadors of ourselves known as avatars are sent into cyberspace. Our avatars allow us to semi-anonymously experience the guarded yet honest “face-to-face” contact found in the digital world. In this distinctive sociological landscape we are evolving our own contradictory rules of personal engagement. As avatars we experience stunningly disgusting rudeness next to white-gloved good manners and encourage both. Netiquette is our shared Internet cloud-consciousness of social interaction. One whose rules we continuously write and rewrite as we experience each other online.

Implicit in Deville Cohen’s performance-based photographs are underlying metaphors regarding the Internet and the complexities of online ‘experience’.  Sets, props, and characters exchange avatar-like roles with one another, where a woman becomes a man, a man becomes an amusement park, and an amusement park becomes a Xeroxed corporate document.  Cohen holds an MFA from Bard college.  He currently Lives and works in New York.

Andrew Graham is a Brooklyn-based artist who enjoys turning the ritualistic, orthodox, and anachronistic practice of painting in on itself to address contemporary issues in art and culture.  His different bodies of work center around the Westboro Baptist Church, artificial intelligence tests called CAPTCHAs, and most recently, the fantasy trading card game ‘Magic: The Gathering’.  Graham received his BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art.

Winslow Smith is an artist who works with video, photography, text and installation. He is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His video Watch This uses the style of amateur sex videos found on the Internet as a starting point to investigate how our private desires and fears play out in a public space.

Janos Stone is an inventor and new/mixed media artist based in New York City. Stone’s work that deals with the relationships we have through and with the Internet. By looking at connections in gaming, social media, e-commerce and quantum mechanics, he is developing a process by which the intensity of a biological/digital connection can be quantified and gauged.

Stefan Tcherepnin is a New York-based composer and performer whose work incorporates elements of noise, digital technology, indeterminacy, and traditional composition. Information is altered when filtered through digital communication devices. The original sounds created are not the same as experienced at the receiver. Tcherepnin’s Skype performance simultaneously records and plays-back the sounds from both ends of the communication highlighting the effects of Internet connectivity by giving the viewer an omnipresent perspective.