Magazine article Artforum International

Artie Vierkant: New Galerie

Magazine article Artforum International

Artie Vierkant: New Galerie

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Artie Vierkant



Having plumbed digital circulation and intellectual property in previous bodies of work, Artie Vierkant consolidated these interests with the exploration of a person's physical "profile." Intended as "a functional copy of that person," Profile (all works 2016; "Profile" was also the exhibition title) is composed of three unexhibited elements: a full-body photogrammetry scan, audio recordings of the subject made with the intention of producing a synthetic voice, and a contract that formalizes the subject's surrender of the intellectual property and personality rights belonging to these representational materials in exchange for compensation. Although materially absent from the gallery, Profile is an artwork in its own right whose iterable inputs and outputs constitute artworks to be displayed, as they were here.

Clocking in at over ten hours, a two-channel video, also titled Profile, documents the audio capture, which demands a diversity of phonetic content regardless of meaning. As the subject recites a mishmash of banalities, critical theory, erotic video-game fan fiction, and articles on digital piracy, the video reflexively annotates the project's theoretical concerns in a droll auto-bibliography. The six dye-sublimation prints on display manifest the corresponding outputs of the Profile; these recall nude figure drawings, anatomical studies, and portraiture. Approaching kitsch, the academicism of these still images is perhaps just another response, alongside abjection, to the attempt to regulate a body within the regimes of digital figuration.

The technologies Vierkant uses, such as those devoted to scanning, storage, and printing, require standards to ensure the effective movement of information between formats in communication chains. Reproduction of color, for instance, is hardly a natural process, but depends upon industry conventions and the management of color profiles that govern the communication between input and output devices. Codifying and formalizing a set of characteristics and relations to fix an identity, a profile itself is composed through norms whose utility depends on correspondence. Vierkant tends to scramble the normalizing function of tools such as motion-capture markers and clone stamping. …

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