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News, updates, and blog entries from 2014-2017.

NOT A HOLOGRAM IS A SIMULATION

I have always intended my exhibitions to be somewhere between what you can experience and what you have to infer. Installations based on ideas that act like a series of projections. Illusions sliding down the surface into an uncanny valley where objects becomes images and images collapse back into the mirage they came from. But until now, I've never really pulled it off. 

How do you actually express a body of work that considers the ongoing effects of living in the Anthropocene, late-capitalist ecology, artificial life, and posthuman contemporary existence as they relate to the moral aesthetics of survival in a burgeoning Neo-feudalist society while maintaining a sense of spirit? The exhibition needed to be layered, messy, baroque, sprawling yet adhere to some kind of logic working together to create an experiential, game-like environment. Essentially, I wanted to extend the IRL installation into the digital sphere in a meaningful way to add crucial layers of value to it — to bring NOT A HOLOGRAM full circle with an aesthetically conceptual trajectory.

NOT-A-HOLOGRAM_SYNTHESIS-III.MMXVI: aluminum, brass, plywood, plastic, water, plants, two pumps, fluorescent light fixture with two bulbs, three extension cords, 60 in. x 60 in. x 60 in. | Dylan Neuwirth + Image by Nathaniel Willson © 2016

NOT-A-HOLOGRAM_SYNTHESIS-III.MMXVI: aluminum, brass, plywood, plastic, water, plants, two pumps, fluorescent light fixture with two bulbs, three extension cords, 60 in. x 60 in. x 60 in. | Dylan Neuwirth + Image by Nathaniel Willson © 2016

NOT-A-HOLOGRAM_ISOLAR.MMXVI: argon, glass, nickel, galvanized steel, GTO, one transformer, concrete block, extension cord, 24 in. x 12 in. x 72 in. | Dylan Neuwirth + Image by Nathaniel Willson © 2016

NOT-A-HOLOGRAM_ISOLAR.MMXVI: argon, glass, nickel, galvanized steel, GTO, one transformer, concrete block, extension cord, 24 in. x 12 in. x 72 in. | Dylan Neuwirth + Image by Nathaniel Willson © 2016

Despite the initially bizarre array of media, NOT A HOLOGRAM coheres, telling different sides of one story. It is often disturbing, and a unique turn for an artist who has typically made work with light at its most pristine.
— T. s. Flock
It is not wrong to see the subtlest elements of oneself manifest in other aspects of creation; this allows for tenderness and sympathy. It is more fruitful, however, to see oneself not as locus from which reality is projected, but rather one of a billion projections of a locus, as many cultures have throughout history. The narcissism and technocracy of the time have us seeing the former, which leaves us seeing very little at all.
— T. s. Flock
NOT-A-HOLOGRAM_TERRAFORM.MMXVI: plastic, glass, aluminum, iPhone 5s, 72 in. x 60 in. x 36 in. | Dylan Neuwirth + Image by Nathaniel Willson © 2016

NOT-A-HOLOGRAM_TERRAFORM.MMXVI: plastic, glass, aluminum, iPhone 5s, 72 in. x 60 in. x 36 in. | Dylan Neuwirth + Image by Nathaniel Willson © 2016

NOT-A-HOLOGRAM_LAZARUS.MMXVI: neon, glass, copper, aluminum, enamel, GTO, two transformers, extension cord, 48 in. x 4 in. x 72 in. | Dylan Neuwirth + Image by Nathaniel Willson © 2016

NOT-A-HOLOGRAM_LAZARUS.MMXVI: neon, glass, copper, aluminum, enamel, GTO, two transformers, extension cord, 48 in. x 4 in. x 72 in. | Dylan Neuwirth + Image by Nathaniel Willson © 2016

To realize this dream I seized the opportunity to collaborate with Grant Kirkpatrick and Fritz Rodriguez — two recent and very brilliant graduates from Cornish College of the Arts. With Grant handling the 3D modeling, texturing, and game creation and Fritz executing all photogrammetry and sound design we developed a full virtual reality experience based on the actual exhibition in less than three weeks.  

Experienced IRL or within the simulation, NOT A HOLOGRAM is a multi-pronged assessment of what it will feel like to exist in the future we can most probably expect as the planet slides into a decades long apocalypse. It's the kind of place where privacy is the ultimate commodity but the value of your spirit is priceless. In the end, it doesn't matter if you live or die — you're relevant.


NOT A HOLOGRAM is at GLASS BOX until February 27 with a closing reception on Friday, February 26 from 6-10 pm. Quotes taken from T. s. Flock's THE REVENGE OF THE REAL: DYLAN NEUWIRTH'S NOT A HOLOGRAM