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.
Jessica Ciocci, a member of the East Coast collective Paper Rad, describes instient.mash as "a part (at any moment, or space on the Internet) of a whole that can never be seen." It is a collage of visual material present in the artist's life at a particular time, including images from works in progress, an excerpt from a novel Amazon.com mailed her by mistake, components of a slideshow the artist gave on the subject of her inbox, photographs of a Walmart, near her Worcester, Massachusetts home. Paper Rad's works are rich, anarchic, and yet tightly woven assemblages. In this independent project, Ciocci constructs a work that is more dissolute, presenting a "reality-based reality" of the artist working in a dense cross-stream of images, information and plans.
Born 1976, Lexington, KY / Lives and works in Providence, RI. Jessica Ciocci went to college in Massachussetts. She has lived in Kentucky, North Carolina, Massachussetts, and Rhode Island. She has been working with the group Paper Rad since the end of the year 2000. She enjoys art in the forms of music, pictures, words, and strange discoveries in all spheres of life.
PROJECT URL: rhizome.org/ciocci
GENERAL URL: paperrad.org