Miltos Manetas

First Gallery

Miltos Manetas is known as much for his advocacy of computer-generated and Web art as he is for his subversive and innovative tactics, as when he created an alternate website for the Whitney Biennial’s genuine one in 2002, substituting work by his friends for that of the officially selected artists. A true believer in technology’s aesthetic potential, he is intent on reinventing traditional pictorial methods—specifically, painting and drawing—by using the computer’s capabilities and limitations to turn ordinary, Pop-inspired objects (video games and their characters, computer cables, screens, Apple Quick-Take cameras, etc.) into motifs but also stylistic models, painting them as if seen on-screen.

In this exhibition, Manetas showed fifteen large-scale computer-aided “drawings” made between 2003 and 2006, along with an unrelated video. Slightly more conventional than Manetas’s other work,

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