PYLON-Lab proudly presents the solo exhibition “Lossless“ by Berlin-based artist David Hanes as its inaugural show, which opened on April 21st, 2018.
In today’s world of globally shared visual information online, file compression during transmitting processes leaves marks on the digital material. The exponentially increasing demand for smaller and faster transmission of data is fueled by the need for a supply of steadily accelerating output and content distribution. Users and prosumers, such as artists, face these needs and yield products that often question aesthetic values, as a progressive decay of visual information becomes intrinsic property of digital material.
David Hanes’ research and work examines an architecture of the inevitable loss in the digital medium by focusing on the increasing online presentation and consumption of art. Using digital art documentation as a medium itself, Hanes’ alterations shift the perceptual habits of viewing contemporary art. Through a rigorous digital imaging process, Hanes generates imagery at the intersection between subject and document, constituting a unique and distinct aesthetic.</p> <p>Hanes’ research and conceptual approach expands in his sculptural works: Making use of readymade materials – as a means of responding to and engaging with visual conditions online -, Hanes reinterprets mechanisms like blogging and their ambivalent, curatorial qualities. By recontextualizing symbolically charged as well as common objects, Hanes’ sculptural works (just as his pictorial works (/imagery)), translate digitalized information falling back into physical materiality.
David Hanes (Canadian/American, born 1987, Toronto) has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, both on- and offline. For his first show in Dresden, PYLON-Lab presents recent works, demonstrating Hanes’ ongoing dissemination of the ever-evolving phenomenon of visual art online.
The exhibition will run until June 10th 2018. Our opening hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm – 8 pm and Saturdays from 11am – 6pm. For individual appointments, please contact us via mail: info(at)pylon-lab.com.
Hanes' current visual practice started in 2011 with the series Aware, offering a wide-ranging, yet highly specific, reference to art on the Internet. The Aware project is constantly extending, using pictures seeded from online found-photography that documents artworks and manipulating them digitally to create –consequently– new images and artworks.
The result of his digital interventions is an exhibition view stripped entirely –or partly– of its artworks, creating a new document at the border of abstraction and representation; questioning the conceptualization, and presentation of art online. Simultaneously, his work challenges the authority of the image and examines a dissolution from traditional boundaries between art, image, surface and documentation. In this way, Hanes’ chancy acts of digital manipulation reincarnate images, only for them to be eulogised through the translucence of polyester.
Hanes’ practice also doubles as research into the phenomenon of accessible digital archiving, that he believes to have a significant impact on the dissemination of art today. He examines aspects of this structure, as well as the experience of art in our data sufficient cultural condition.