Digital material is never natural. It is
either generated or repurposed, and
always pre-inscribed with meaning. It settles in sediments, turning the Web
into a veritable billboard land: a frenetic free market in which corporations, private citizens, and fictional conglomerates all wave their own signs. It is a landscape rich with fiction, contradictions, and disjuncture. The new quickly becomes obsolete, and the old is continually revived. Internet-based montage, the assemblage of distinct materials into a new whole, is therefore both an inevitable and perpetual accident and an emerging, illuminating art form....
Montage is the final exhibition in Unmonumental: the Object in the
21st Century at the New Museum
of Contemporary Art.
Charles Broskoski describes his CUBE (2007) as a "fake 3d cube made out of Mac OS X scrollbars." The piece relies on multiple frames of reference ranging from minimalism and modernism to a screen-based outlook on the navigation of social reality. While many Net artists employ material from other sites as building blocks in their own work, Broskoski has constructed an armature out of very visual elements normally considered to be outside of the frame. Thus, he puts an updated spin on the often witty process of reclaiming discarded material for new conceptual means.
Born 1982, Fort Worth, TX / Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Charles Broskoski's work has been shown most recently at La Vitrine in Paris, and Gallery F15 in Oslo. He is the founder of supercentral.org