September 2018 Show

Synthetic Aesthetic


Synthetic Aesthetic refers to the computer driven generative process that stretches the visionary potential of its human co-creators and its viewers alike.

The motion of video naturally draws our attention. Add to that corresponding music, suggestive patterns, and conceptual purpose, and the video takes on a kind of sentience. It activates the surrounding environment, enlivens near-by ‘static” art, and offers new interpretations with each encounter. The combination of generative technology and video offer a radical new approach to making, viewing, and living with art.

By extending their reach with generative technologies these 21st century video masters are enhancing human aesthetics in the hyperactive age of synthetic aesthetics. – Julia Morton


Sean Capone’s expansive video Sky Report slowly reveals a phantasmagoric world of wonder where sparkling stars become scribbling sketches and primordial ooze blossoms with delicate flowers that dissolve into disco-baroque wallpaper. His uncanny illusions are delightful and disorienting. As Capone says, “the ‘space of the screen’ is no longer just a surface to be viewed, but an environment to be entered and experienced.”

Simon Russell explores synesthesia in The Long Walk. Merging your sense of sight and sound, he creates an experience of perception that borders on the transcendental. Influenced by the synesthetic theories of the early 20th century painter Wassily Kandinsky, Russell’s immersive revelation exemplifies the ability of generative art to disrupt ordinary reality.

David Bennett’s Sign Grinder features infinite layers melting into a tattered tapestry of faded signs and somber cityscapes. Familiar to all back road warriors the random irony and gritty nostalgia for all that might have been is subtly buried in the rhythmic motion giving the work a gritty ambiance.  

James Pricer’s Human Connectome II draws on fMRI data from the mapping of brain synapses. His abstracted pictures reveal the sweeping paths of consciousness beginning with a single line that quickly multiplies, overlaps, and spawns disconnected ideas. The patterns we detect and the meanings we assigned them generate an internal response that syncs with the image.