PRELIM PROJECTS is pleased to present ‘Whisper to me in HTML’ a group exhibition of works by art404, Tessa Perutz and Imogen Lloyd. This show takes the physical languages and signs of our daily e-interactions as its starting point.
art404’s ‘Google Gradient’ (2015) uses Google’s Cloud Vision search engine to make compositions of thousands of images based on colour gradient and intensity. These mined images are reduced to thumbnails and printed on canvas to produce a composed stream of material jpegs. By leveraging online data for visual means, the work blends colour field abstraction with algorithmic abstraction, and relational databases with relational aesthetics.
Tessa Perutz’s paintings explore the contemporary contexts of typographical symbols, online languages and logogram aesthetics. ‘Ampersand with Black & Yellow Chevron’ (2016) and ‘Love Letter (Emoji)’ (2016) work as conceptual holding points, rendering graphic motifs in dialogue with the ‘classic concerns’ of painting; focusing particularly on surface, colour, and form. The works presented here consider and confront shifts in analogue to digital modes of communication.
Imogen Lloyd’s ‘Everything Must Go (cactus, keys, chairs)’ (2016) and ‘Everything Must Go (shanks, scissors, socks)’ (2016) address the tactile process by which we access digital image streams. Traces of screen- grabbed products are embossed on white washed Perspex, the frenetic brushwork mirroring the swipe and click of the LED screen. The works here ground these screen-grabs in their pre-digital origin, making a sentimental reference to the craft of commercial display and the practice of white washing shop windows.