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John F. Simon Jr.

Collezione Maramotti

The centerpiece of John F. Simon Jr.’s exhibition “Outside In: Ten Years of Software Art,” seems to be an explosion of the guts of the machine. The multicolor cabinet housing Visions, 2009, is painted in vivid acrylic with dynamic diamond motifs that transfix the gaze on a bright focal center, while the rest seems to whirl in a kaleidoscopic vortex. The mesmerizing illusion is deepened by continually changing geometry projected from an interior LCD screen onto mirrors visible through apertures on either side. As you are drawn closer and peer inside, you can see your own face reflected back as if in a fun-house mirror.

The five works in the show, projected on computer screens of varying vintage, are diverse reflections of programming language rendered into mellifluously flowing imagery. The most self-conscious and least successful is the rather literal Endless Bounty, 2005, a statement on

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