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Step one was slowly increasing the price points and changing the distribution from mall stores to better department stores. Janus

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The Blend of the Traditional and Contemporary Dominates Amazon India Fashion Week

NEW DELHI, India — While the fashion  silhouette changed this season at the 29th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week Winter 2017, held in association with Maybelline New York, the shows opened with a focus on how to blend traditional craft with contemporary design.
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Andy Warhol, Open This End, 1962, Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 11 in. (20.3 x 27.9 cm). The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles partial and promised gift of Blake Byrne. © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The final leg in the two-year journey of “Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Blake Byrne Collection” exhibition continues at the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. This amazing show’s travels began in 2015 at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, which coincided with Blake’s 80th birthday celebration, and then toured to The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space and Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University. “Open This End” assembles both iconic and lesser-known selected works from Byrne’s remarkable and distinguished collection, which features more than 1,200 pieces, narrowed down to about seventy-five for this exhibition.

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John Sonsini, Blake, 2005, Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in. Collection of Blake Byrne. Photo by Alan Shaffer.

This delightful presentation is a virtual window into a serious collector’s personal vision through an art historical context, highlighting some of the most influential artists of the last fifty years, carefully and skillfully tracing a number of intertwined narratives in the progression of contemporary art from the 1960s to the present. Organized over the last five years by Barbara Schwan, Executive Director of The Skylark Foundation, this is a simply remarkable exhibition on so many levels, and supporting her efforts to produce a scholarly and impressive hardcover catalog were Richard J. Powell, Kris Paulsen, Kimerly Rorschach and Bruce Kogut. The title comes from a small 1962 silkscreen painting by Andy Warhol, the earliest work in the show, which suggests an invitation for the viewer to explore this soon-to-be “unpacked” display, which, like a gift being unwrapped, always brings with it an element of surprise, anticipation and delight.

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Installation, “Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Blake Byrne Collection,” Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

Joseph Wolin, the curator of the exhibition elaborates: “By extension it also suggests that contemporary art may comprise a sometimes puzzling package that we can unlock for both pleasure and edification. In a more humorous vein, the title implies that there exists a certain way to approach contemporary art and its history, a particular end from which to open the box (in this case, a crate!), an implication belied by contemporary art itself, and by the multiple, parallel, interconnected, open-ended, and at times contradictory artistic and historical threads the exhibition gathers together.” For any number of reasons, the title seems to fit rather cleverly and appropriately, but the irony is that from the get-go Byrne was not interested in building a collection to impress others with brand names like Warhol, but rather with very little guidance early on, used his intuition to seek out works that would provoke an emotional response, regardless of how obscure the artist was initially, it obviously was a chance that Byrne felt worth taking. I’m reminded of Evel Knievel’s own fifteen minutes of Warholian fame, which came with a personal observation just after one of his well-known and dangerous motorcycle jumps: “No risk, no reward.”

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Jack Pierson, Nothing (Yellow, Blue, Red), 1992, Mixed media, 54 x 112 x 1 in. (137.2 x 284.5 x 2.5 cm). Collection of Blake Byrne. © Jack Pierson; courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Photo by Alan Shaffer.

In fact, risk is related to reward and achievement for most of the artists represented in this memorable exhibition, especially for Warhol, as it is for most great private collections of contemporary art. This is an era when some noted art collectors around the planet have built huge museums for their own collections, including François Pinault in Paris, Jorge Pérez in Miami, Eli and Edythe Broad in Los Angeles, Dutchman Joop van Caldenborgh and Budi Tek in China, among others. Blake Byrne’s goal was not to construct an art fortress to protect his artworks, but to choose to live with his most treasured pieces, rarely “de-acquisitioning” any of them, and eventually passing on portions to other institutions. Byrne graciously does this from time to time; his promised gift to MOCA LA of 123 works, for example, remains the largest and most generous donation in the museum’s history, in fact, over half of the works included in “Open This End” are from the promised gifts to MOCA LA, as well as a good selection that has been promised to Duke University’s Nasher Museum.

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Mark Bradford, Spinning Man, 2007, Mixed media collage on canvas, 72 x 84 in. (182.9 x 213.4 cm). Collection of Blake Byrne. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Luciano Fileti.

The story of Blake Byrne is unique, and is encouraging news for young collectors that have an interest in contemporary art, but at first have little background in art appreciation and a sense of where to begin. Byrne first started accumulating modest pictures during his honeymoon in Paris, and after several moves in between, he landed in Providence, a significant art city and home to thousands of artists as well as the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), one of the world’s best art schools, and then to Fort Worth, where he and his family regularly visited the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art for inspiration. He eventually moved back to Manhattan in 1988, taking up residence at 58th Street and 7th Avenue, so naturally he would visit the 57th Street art galleries in his neighborhood, which strengthened his perspectives on art.

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Sherrie Levine, Une Pipe: 1, 2001, Cast bronze, 2 ½ x 5 ¼ x 1 ½ in. (6.4 x 13.3 x 3.8 cm), Edition of 12. Collection of Blake Byrne. © Sherrie Levine; courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo Alan Shaffer.

I first met Blake and his family on the day they moved into the Victorian house next door to mine on the historic east side of Providence, Rhode Island. He was in the business of managing TV stations, and his magic touch made them profitable. He also had all the makings of a great collector: inquisitive, instinctual, studious, intelligent, adventuresome, open-minded, enthusiastic, an astute eye and a warm heart, along with a willingness and the resources to invest in works of art with which he also wanted to enjoy living. As our friendship developed, I introduced him to the campus of RISD, and as I recall, he began acquiring a few works here and there of local artists, such as Bill Drew and several very early works of mine. Mr. Byrne was a proud workaholic, and was especially adept at analyzing TV station data reports every evening when he finally arrived home. Surely it was this experience and training that later he applied to buying art, after he retired as a broadcast executive and began collecting in earnest in 1988. On the advice of Jack Tilton, his long-time friend and mentor and highly respected Manhattan gallerist, Byrne went to Art Basel with Tilton in 1988 and made his first cutting-edge art purchases, including works by Juan Muñoz, Cristina Iglesias and Richard Tuttle, among others. Not bad for the first date! And, fortuitously, he started collecting Marlene Dumas at bargain prices the following year, a wise decision, as her works have since shot up greatly in value. From this jumping off point, he assembled an impressive collection that is both expansive and focused, maintaining strong commitments to certain artists that he has accumulated en masse.

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Jennifer Steinkamp, Jimmy Carter, 2002, DVD animated painting, dimensions variable. Collection of Blake Byrne. Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York, and Acme, Los Angeles. Photo by Alan Shaffer.

“Open This End” does not try to track a single theme or storyline, but takes advantage of the significant strengths of Byrne’s collection that offers a unique and personal overview of contemporary art. With the size, breadth and complexity of this memorable show, it’s not possible here to examine select works in detail, but suffice it to say that the following alphabetical sampling of “Open This End’s” line-up will give you a clear perspective on what constitutes a wonderfully revealing and dramatic presentation: Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Marlene Dumas (11 works), Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, David Hammons, Bruce Helander, Thomas Houseago, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Martin Kippenberger, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Agnes Martin, Rita McBride, Paul McCarthy, Steve McQueen, Matthew Monahan, Juan Muñoz, Wangechi Mutu, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Paul Pfeiffer, Jack Pierson, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Tony Smith, Jennifer Steinkamp, Luc Tuymans, Andy Warhol, Kehinde Wiley and Christopher Williams. It should be noted that this list signifies only about 10% of Byrne’s entire collection, which continues to grow. As a whole, this distinguished assortment of human creativity provides an astute summary of most of the important trends in contemporary art since the 1960s. Kimerly Rorschach proposes a striking summation in her insightful catalog essay, “Blakean Vision,” which is appropriate to repeat here: “Through collecting, the collector can engage with and consider the great issues: love and loss, birth and death, the fate of our planet, our identity and culture, both collective and individual–in short, our humanity.”

Happy Birthday Blake Byrne!

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Installation, “Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Blake Byrne Collection,” Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

For additional information and a complete list of works included in the exhibition, go to: http://theskylarkfoundation.org. The exhibition continues at the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon through December 11, 2016.

To purchase a copy of the “Open This End” exhibition catalog (120 pages, 77 color plates, hardcover, $ 50.00 + S&H), send an email to The Skylark Foundation via the website (https://theskylarkfoundation.org/) or directly to Executive Director Barbara Schwan (bschwan@theskylarkfoundation.org).

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An Adieu to Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

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When I think of a lake, I imagine its stillness and peace. Calm looms over a clear surface without tides. No matter if the wind shouts or murmurs, the water barely stirs. It’s settled, unperturbed. It craves nothing but silence.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is more like a river. It disturbs and shatters, splashing to disrupt tranquility. Its dancers run and leap; they dislike stagnancy.

People rarely talk about lakes. Rivers, on the other hand, benefit from a sex appeal that’s the stuff of ballads. This is no coincidence.

At BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, Cedar Lake makes waves with its farewell season this week. The dancers move with reckless abandon — rushing, flowing, daring. As they share the stage for a final time, it’s heartbreaking to accept that a troupe with such chemistry, vivacity, flavor, and joy is saying goodbye to its home and to one another.

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My Generation: Ebony Williams
Photo Credit: Juliet Cervantes

Wednesday evening’s bill opened with a premiere by Bessie winner Richard Siegal, but the performance began at the opera house door, where patrons swarmed like schools of fish lost in a stormy brook. Ushers directed traffic until everyone found their seats as the clock struck seven-thirty-five. For a moment, there was complete serenity; then, a burst of energy. Navarra Novy-Williams exploded into view, swaying with panache to French music that better suited a runway than BAM. The room went cold, even frigid. Nobody knew what to make of the action until Ebony Williams came onto the scene and all was right, and genius, and unparalleled in its novelty.

The latter Williams is the dance community’s Beyoncé. As her legs managed a 180-degree line in a side tilt, she proved her technical prowess, but it was her unhindered attitude that made her especially unforgettable. Sassy, fresh, fierce — she could be the poster child for je ne sais quoi.

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My Generation: Matthew Rich
Photo Credit: Juliet Cervantes

The rest of Siegal’s piece, My Generation, was like a Monster high that you never want to end. Siegal’s vision coupled with his diverse cast embodied the 21st century with its technological obsession and fast-paced lifestyle. Dancers moved with synchronized intensity, mimicking the plugged-in robots we’ve become. Matthew Rich lip-synced like a rock star, crashing to the floor over and over like a track on repeat. The millennials were in the spotlight, their carpe diem mentality on display. The culmination? Chaotic, blinding bliss.

Next was Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue, Crystal Pite’s work from 2008. Lights glimmered like at a stadium, when you’re alone and pretend that all the world’s watching. Cliff Martinez’s score haunted bodies that intermingled in the dusk, falling, chasing, barely arriving. Lifting. Heaving. Sacrificing. You felt that if you joined them in their intimate space, you would somehow reach enlightenment, and that enlightenment would look something like love.

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Ten Duets: Ida Saki, Jon Bond
Photo Credit: Sharen Bradford

Finally, Johan Inger’s whimsical Rain Dogs made its NYC debut. A man crawled with a tape player, slurring through the lyrics of “We Are the Champions.” A dog stood center stage, burning. Women switched clothing and gendered mannerisms with men, and Vânia Doutel Vaz claimed that the piano had been drinking. Ida Saki sat prone, waiting for her partner’s approach. Muscles flexed along the floor, setting libidos ablaze. Inger’s universe was enchanting, intoxicating. Desirable.

The show no doubt merited a standing ovation, and it got one. But Cedar Lake itself deserves some applause, too. Rarely can dance become more than movement, a stirring feeling in your gut. There are barriers. There’s an invisible screen. There are steps leading to the stage, and an orchestra pit, and balconies, and it’s all very grandiose and isolating and placid.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is more about making noise by tearing down the fourth wall. Its roar will be missed.

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Top 5 Contemporary Art Auctions This Fall

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Andy Warhol’s “A Group of Four Portraits of São Schlumberger”

Contemporary art auctions have caused quite a stir in recent years with buyers bidding record-breaking numbers. For those who want in on the action, these five fall auctions are not to be missed.

1. Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction
New York, NY, November 11

First shown in 1952 at the Museum of Modern Art New York’s exhibition “15 Americans,” Mark Rothko’s “No. 21 (Red, Brown, Black and Orange)” is one of the major highlights of the contemporary art auctions taking place in New York this fall. A treasure of an exceptional private collection amassed by French oil tycoon Pierre Schlumberger and his wife São, the piece was purchased directly from the artist’s estate and has been part of their esteemed collection for over 40 years. Sotheby’s expects the work to fetch over $ 50 million when it hits the block on November 11, joining a trove of other masterpieces from the Schlumberger Collection as well as other distinguished private collections, including Gerhard Richter’s “Abstraktes Bild” (1991) and a group of four portraits of São Schlumberger by Andy Warhol.

2. Bonham’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction
New York, NY, November 11

Dennis Hopper returned to painting in the 2000s after decades devoted to photography. “Roy Lichtenstein in his Studio, 1964” is an exemplary piece from a period when the artist began turning his own photographs into billboard-scale paintings. Estimated at $ 130,000 to $ 180,000, the work is among the most sought after pieces at Bonham’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction in New York. It joins fresh to the market artworks from important East and West Coast private collections, including George Condo’s “Green on Green Collage Painting” (2000), a pair of photographs by Thomas Struth, and an untitled enamel on paper piece by Christopher Wool.

3. Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
New York, NY, November 12

After the excitement of last fall’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie’s, when a Francis Bacon triptych set a record for the highest amount paid at auction for a work of art, $ 142.4 million, the November 12 event will surely be on every collector’s calendar. Highlights of the affair include a rare grouping of 21 of Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills, and a cache of works from the Cy Twombly foundation by Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg that present a view of four artists who had a powerful impact on Post-War American art in the 1960s.

4. Phillips Contemporary Art Evening
New York, NY November 13

Phillips upped their game last month with the inauguration of their posh new London flagship building, but the long-standing auction house is turning up the heat Stateside as well. Their Contemporary Art Evening on November 13, in New York, will include some of the most prominent artists of the present day including Dan Flavin, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince, Robert Ryman, and Rudolf Stingel, as well as young rising stars like Tauba Auerbach, Wade Guyton, and Julie Mehretu. Iconic pieces by Robert Indiana and Jean-Michel Basquiat round out the offerings.

5. Sotheby’s Art Contemporain
Paris, France, December 3, 7pm

Across the pond the art world is aflutter over Kazuo Shiraga, an important member of the Gutai movement (one of the first major art movements to emerge from post-war Japan) whose recent sales have far bypassed their estimated values, breaking records in the process. Dating from 1961, “Chishusei Kanchikotsuritsu,” is among the artist’s most sought after works. It joins a piece from the same year, by the Chinese-French abstract painter Chu Teh-Chun, several works by Pierre Soulages, and a rare painting by Jean Dubuffet at Sotheby’s Art Contemporain sale in Paris this December.

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–Celeste Sunderland has lived in New York, Berlin, Paris and the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of The University of Rhode Island’s Journalism School, she spent nearly a decade working in digital media production, and has been writing professionally for print and online publications for over fifteen years. In addition to writing for ARTPHAIRE, Celeste has her own blog Tidepooler.com, Inspired by a photograph by the German photographer Olaf Otto Becker.


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A Conversation with Chris Davies, Founder, “Photo Independent: The International Exposition of Contemporary Photography”, Los Angeles

Chris Davies is the President of Fabrik Media, a Los Angeles-based publishing and marketing agency. Concerned by the art fair under-representation of otherwise talented photographers, he founded “Photo Independent: The International Exposition of Contemporary Photography”, held this year from April 25th to the 27th at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

The exhibition, the first of its kind in Los Angeles, features the work of 70 photographers from around the world. The Selection Committee included Daniel Cornell, Palm Springs Art Museum, Graham Howe, curator, photo-historian, and artist, Sarah Lee, curator and gallerist, and Eve Schillo Curatorial Assistant at the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA. The exhibition also includes a Guest of Honor, Andy Summers, photographer and member of “The Police”; a Special Exhibitions section; and a series of talks, “The Dialogue,” meant to deepen one’s knowledge of contemporary photography.

JS: Staging the show in a movie studio was, to put it mildly, inspired. How did you come up with that?

CD: I’ve had the idea for this kind of fair for several years now, but wasn’t sure where to stage it (pardon the pun). Then once I saw Paris Photo last year at Paramount Studios, it dawned on me that Raleigh Studios would be the perfect venue and partner for this type of fair. I’ve been on the lot many, many times and loved the feeling of Raleigh Studios.

JS: What was your inspiration for the show? Was there an aha-moment or was it just a gnawing impression that the medium was given short shrift?

CD: Actually, not just the medium, but artists are being given a short shrift. The art fair system is such that if you’re not a gallery or part of a gallery’s stable of artists you cannot exhibit your work at traditional art fairs. I’ve been working with artists for over 20 years as publisher and marketing consultant, and have had many discussions with artists regarding art fairs and their inability to exhibit there because they don’t have a gallery representing them or their dealer that does represent them can’t bring all their artists to the fair. And as mentioned earlier this idea had been percolating for a while.

JS: Why do you think photography is underrepresented at art fairs? Is it cyclical, that is, is it because at the moment the pendulum of art swings more towards installations and painting and less towards photography? Or do you think there is something else at work here?

CD: For a long time there has been a prejudice against photography in the art world. There are still some folk that tell me that painting is art, and photography is not, because there is more than one print struck. These people do not seem to understand the changing reality of our contemporary culture. Photography is the incendiary art form of our time. Photography, Cinema, video – it has permeated our culture to the point where I sometimes wonder really, is there any other art that comes before a camera.

I am being a tad hyperbolic here, but really it’s about time that those among us who practice the art of photography and have raised the bar on the medium, should now be shown and acknowledged as the amazing artists that they are.

JS: What kind of support, especially initially, did you have from the Los Angeles art community?

CD: I have had tremendous support from the Los Angeles art community. Especially from other art fairs here in LA, specifically Photo LA and the Los Angeles Art Show, both mainstays in January’s fair season. Local organizations such as the Los Angeles Art Association, Art Weekend LA, Create:Fixate, and many other such organizations have been tremendously supportive. Not to mention the artists themselves. They are excited about what we have created.

JS: What was the Selection Committee’s mandate in choosing the work?

CD: They were trying to choose work that was both traditional and unconventional.

We wanted to show work that demonstrated both technical proficiency and creative choices that were fresh and offbeat.

JS: Who chose the contributors in the Special Exhibitions segment of the fair?

CD: These exhibitions were chosen by me. I wanted to showcase Andy Summers, not because of who he is and known for, but for who he is as a photographer. He is a great photographer who has not been given the recognition he deserves because of where he came from.

The AX3 winners are breathtaking adventurers; there are some wonderful new talents here and I wanted the world to see them. The AX3 exhibition came from a photography competition Fabrik we ran last year, and I felt this would be a great venue to showcase this talent from all levels of photography — professionals, non-professionals, students and Mobile Photographers.

JS: You’ve set up an impressive educational program. How important is education to the fair itself and to photography in general?

CD: It’s usually a component of most art fairs, and ours as well. Photography is dynamic, it mirrors technology-driven culture that we live in, and its important to me to have the fair be a conduit of information, to communicate the new modalities in the medium and maybe to be a catalyst for the pioneers among us.

JS: What were your biggest challenges in staging the event?

CD: Getting the word out, and establishing a measure of trust so that artists would feel excited about the potential a showing here would give to their careers and at the same time I wanted the artists to feel a measure of safety coming here to Los Angeles.

JS: Is there anything you will do different next year?

CD: Start earlier.

JS: A scant weekend is a very brief amount of time. Especially if the weather turns sour. Will future Photo Independents also run that short?

CD: We will wait and see.

JS: What do you want to be peoples’ walkaway impression from the show?

CD: I want people to be bowled over. Great art makes you change the way you think about the world, change the way you see. I want people to dream about a work that they saw here and think about life in a fresh new way. That is what I feel when I see some of the work here.

JS: How will you determine whether the event has been a success?

CD: The level of enthusiasm among collectors and artists opening night was gratifying. And it was reflected in sales. There are so many artists who have sacrificed alot, to print their work and come to Los Angeles, in the hope that their work would be appreciated… and they are selling. That is what its all about, really, isn’t it?

JS: What can we look forward to in next year’s installment?

CD: I’m hopeful that we will include more of an international contingency in next year’s fair and add to our programming for both artists and photography collectors.

For more information, please visit photoindependent.com.

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What if the barcode on your favorite cereal box could be transformed into a glitched-out, abstract artwork, dripping with geometric visuals and robotic melodies?

Thankfully Dmitry Morozov, a Moscow-based multimedia artist, is here to turn our far-out technological dreams into a reality. In an an interactive installation entitled “Post Code,” Morozov transforms the omnipresent consumerist icons into digital landscapes of melting colors and shapes.

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To do so, Morozov created an artistically inclined mechanism that scans the barcodes of various objects, turning the encoded digits into post-card sized works of glitch art. Along with visual translations, the mechanism also retrieves the melodic beeps and hums hidden within the codes, extracting from the simple swipe-happy bars unique combinations of both sound and sight.

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While many barcode-centric artworks focus on the bizarre relationship between buyers and goods or the monotonous nature of the black-and-white codes, Morozov’s works view the tiny designs as individual sites of beauty. Morozov frees the barcodes from their solely digital existence, blessing them with a physical form — and a beautiful one at that.

As the artists writes on his website, “Thus, such exclusively digital object [sic] becomes means of obtaining an artifact, suitable for archaic, but ultimately human mode of communication — a postcard.”

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