Inaugural Show 2014
Physical Opening: January 9 from 6-9p at 526 west 26th street suite 303.On View until February 20, 2013.
New Yup is an augmented reality sculpture from Michael Rees. The sculpture has two components: an image zooming into the universe and a rotating wireframe sculpture that moves more slowly through and around the moving image both hovering above your Metrocard. The potential to carry the universe in your pocket living in a channel on top of the Metrocard affords the viewer an alternative to the repressive here-ness of the New York Subway system. This project may offer a tear in the fabric of one experience of object, site, and definition towards another potential development, a media object. By reframing this object in augmented reality it is repurposed, freed from its physical context to become something else entirely. It is not only a virtual experience but one that may “provide room for an impossible space for that in me which (is) as yet only potential”. (Antonin Artaud) As your perception struggles to make sense of AR and its relationship to the image you struggle to synthesize your vision. This struggle allows for a gap in the seamless constructed visual world around us, a glitch were you wonder what you’re seeing and how. This unsureness opens up a potential to read noise in unexpected ways with multiple narratives.
Michael Rees is an artist working in themes of figuration, language, technology, and the social to weave a sculptural mélange. He has shown his work widely including the Whitney Museum in the 1995 Biennial and again in “Bitforms” in 2001, the MARTa Museum in Germany, Art Omi, and in private galleries in New York and Los Angeles. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, and numerous private collections. Rees has received grants from Creative Capital, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Yale University. He also won a Deutscher Akademischer Austaushdienst for undergraduate study at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, Germany, with Joseph Beuys. Rees is currently associate professor of sculpture and digital media at William Paterson University, and Director of the Center for New Art there.
ActivatAR will be using image recognition to host monthly shows on top of the New York City Metrocard. The Metrocard will be activated with 3D sculptural works, videos, audio projects, and interactive installations.