Matt Barton mixes artificial and natural, jest and earnest, high and low technologies in an attempt to blur the borders that separate, promoting a sense of totality and oneness of reality. He instills a bit of wonder in the lightest possible sense; tickling a remote nerve ending in the imagination and stimulating atrophied curiosity. Watch out for wired-up woodland creatures, video games, and the unexpected surprise sense that you are watching yourself as you are performing familiar routines…
I am curating, along with lovely cohort Megan Daalder, a video/performance titled Videos Collide in Real 3D Space (probably the most apt title ever) art show debuting at Los Angeles loft space Five Thirty Three Gallery next weekend. What does a video/performance art show consist of, you ask? First off, we’d like to pose this question: when any and all media is available online, what added value, if any, do physical exhibition spaces offer? The artists (coming to LA from as far as Berlin, Canada, and Colorado) participating in this LIVE (!!) event offer their bodies as a mode of communication between media, the audience, and performance. There will be choreographed large-scale projected animations, a projector used in a way that you’ve never thought, 7ft tall cacti sculptures, the augmented reality “future of theater”, a tribute to Karl Sims though body slamming imitations, video-game playing taxidermy animatronics, and general havoc breaking and re-building of general theater conventions. The relationship between you and screen will have never seemed so real and and so much of an experience. I’ll be putting up some interviews with the artists soon, look out for them!
Check out the details after the jump, as well as artist Jeremy Bailey’s promo vid above.
Artist Matt Barton graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2006, spending his time there setting up mechanized taxidermy animals in strange and colorful situations. In “Time-O-Rama: Electric Infinity with Real Plastic,” made in 2006, there were 20 of those said motorized animals, two video projections, 5 sound cd’s, flowers blooming, leaves falling and changing colors, lightning and thunder, wine was dispensed from a nozzle sticking out of the deer’s ribs…and a partridge on a pear tree. That last one I added myself. Matt has also collaborated with Extreme Animals, hyper bitmosh-rock-band of artist Jacob Ciocci (Paper Rad).