Montage: Unmonumental Online

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.

Launch Project

The Continuum of Cute (2007-8)
The Continuum of Cute investigates the term "cute" via pictures of animals collected from the Internet. The images are arranged as a spectrum ranging from the extremely cute on one end and the extremely uncute on the other, with multiple intermediary or combinatory states in between. The cropping and selection of the animal images call to mind the wallet-sized portrait that a person might carry of a child or loved one, and as such also indulges the anthropomorphic qualities that are so often embedded in our sense of what is "cute." With all the animals lined up side by side for comparison, The Continuum of Cute also has the uncomfortable air of a giant interspecies beauty contest.
Born 1968, Stanford, CA/ Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Nina Katchadourian grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. She is represented by Sara Meltzer gallery in New York and Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at venues including PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, the Palais de Tokyo and SculptureCenter. She has received grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and The Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation. In 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled "All Forms of Attraction." She lives and works in Brooklyn.