Joseph Nechvatal

Neither abstract nor representational, Joseph Nechvatal’s chaotic, layered paintings, seething with media-derived imagery, hover somewhere in between. Over the past decade, Nechvatal’s basic concerns have remained constant: our media-glutted postindustrial society and the effects of this information overload on the subject. Here, the artist’s method of production gives his paintings their decisive twist. He first creates a photographic maquette of collaged elements that include his drawings and sculptures, as well as found photographs and video stills. This composite image is then fed into a digital computer, which programs robotic arms to apply paint to canvas. Nechvatal’s creative process reflects the extent to which technology has infiltrated our lives, but it is also an attempt to subvert technology by using it to create subjective, irrational images.

Nechvatal’s project includes a body

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