Artist Artie Vierkant will discuss his practice as an exploration of methods of working within the interstices between material and immaterial objecthood. As the way we both produce and interact with images and objects has evolved in the “post-internet” age, so too has the meaning and possibilities of the art object. The ‘aura’ once ascribed to the original copy has become dispersed and amplified amongst its representations; authenticity lives no longer in the artist’s fabled ‘hand’ but in their intellectual property (or intellectual product); objects themselves, once inert, begin to think. Vierkant will also revisit his 2010 essay, “The Image Object Post-Internet”, considering whether technological developments and world events since its writing have reshaped how we should conceive of the image object.
Artie Vierkant is an artist and writer based in New York. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Perrotin (New York, 2018), New Galerie (Paris, 2016), and Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, 2015), and group exhibitions including Crash Test, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, at La Panacée (Montpellier, 2018), Dreamlands, curated by Chrissie Iles, at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2016), and at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, 2017). His writing has been published in October Journal.