Madge Gleeson: High Flyer

 
  • ©1996, Madge Gleeson

Artist(s):


Title:


    High Flyer

Exhibition:


Creation Year:


    1996

Medium:


    laser print/mixed media

Size:


    22" x 35"

Category:


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Artist Statement:


    I am extremely interested in the role of new technology in shaping our cultural environment. The computer is both the means and indirectly the content of many of my pieces. If Dick and Jane are still out there, they would be quite shaken by the information society that we are creating. I struggle with the social issues raised by all of this but at the same time am fascinated by the new possibilities. As artists before us have been buffeted by fin de siècle psychology, we are certainly tasting the fin de millennium.

    Most of these pieces involve a scanned object that has been enhanced and then greatly enlarged. Despite their hyperreal texture, the black and white fictionalizes them. Most are printed on mylar, which is transparent or frosted and then displayed over wood veneer, formica, aluminum foil, and other materials. Hardware is repurposed from the local scrap metal yard, and the framing material is custom made by a furnace contractor. There is on intended slurring of the real and artificial, of the digital and tactile.

    “High Flyer” is imprinted with a tracking bar code, implying an exchange between sender and receiver, and also suggesting the potential scarcity of the commonplace. This piece is environmental in theme.

     


Affiliation Where Artwork Was Created:


    Western Washington University