Ex Situ Conservation

“…manifests in both tangible and networked environments.” - the artist

Male DVI-D to Female VGA, 2016, photograph-Glicee print, 24 x 36 inches, $2500

Male DVI-D to Female VGA, 2016, photograph-Glicee print, 24 x 36 inches, $2500

Through fictive and dramatic scenarios, in films, theatrical installations, stories and scripts; [the] work renders aspects of how humans relate to machines and how the arc of technological advances emerges, becomes pervasive, spawns the next invention and eventually, is rendered obsolete.

CPU Fans, 2016, photograph-Glicee print, 24 x 36 inches, $2500

CPU Fans, 2016, photograph-Glicee print, 24 x 36 inches, $2500

Her work engages a palimpsest of technologies layered over the environments in which they have developed. By juxtaposing a past reality with the present, and extolling both the beauty and the beastliness of invention, her work engages in a narrative of the human condition by framing individual moments in the limelight of technological invention over time.

Test Lead Double Insulator Alligator Probe Wire Set, 2016, photograph-Glicee print, 24 x 36 inches, $2500

Test Lead Double Insulator Alligator Probe Wire Set, 2016, photograph-Glicee print, 24 x 36 inches, $2500

EX SITU CONSERVATION: Colony Relocation for Industrial Detritus consists of 10 images, in an edition of 10. The images depict machine parts and electronic elements situated as surviving artifacts of technologies going obsolete and re-located in the natural landscape to see if they will "thrive."

Considering it is the extinction of natural things which is the vital issue, I would hope for some irony in picturing the opposite, applying a sort of reverse psychology to reverence of technology at any price to the environment.

Virtually Indestructible Keyboard, 2016, photo-Glicee print, 24 x 36 inches, $2500

Virtually Indestructible Keyboard, 2016, photo-Glicee print, 24 x 36 inches, $2500

Photo source: the artist

Photo source: the artist

About the artist:

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Adrianne Wortzel is a New York artist who studied with Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Jimmy Ernst, Louise Bourgeois, among others. Support for her work has been forthcoming from the National Science Foundation; Eyebeam Art and Technology Center; the Swiss Artists-in-Labs Program; the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich; Dora Maar Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, Greenwall Foundation; New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn Museum, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her writings are published in national and international publications. Selected exhibition venues include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Asheville Art Museum, Imagine Science Film Festival, Electronica, Creative Time, MIT Vera List Center; Orlando Museum of Art; Moderna Museet-Stockholm. She is a retired Professor of Emerging Media Technologies at Citytech, CUNY, and Founding Director of StudioBlueLab, an interdisciplinary collaborative facility at Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art.

To view more work by the artist, please visit adriannewortzel.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @adriannewortzel.


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