The exhibition, “Truth,” curated by Adam Berninger, is now open on Feral File.
Everything we do already plays with the abstraction of scale through the frame of your computer or the device in your hand.
The Feral File format — where you’re looking at sets of works from different series all together — reinforced that potential for different interpretations in a fun, randomized way. Each set might make you think differently about an individual work within it. I was interested in what emergent interpretations might result from that approach.
I selected them individually because abstraction runs as a thread throughout their bodies of work, but I also asked for something entirely new that would extend that thread.
Through this search for what is truly extreme in size, I have found that everything is made up of a seemingly common fabric that exists at different scales.
I see scale as a proxy for discussing and contemplating the truth of reality within this show.
That’s what we’re getting at when we talk about essence — it’s the ineffable feeling of what you’re perceiving without feeling like you have to define it. There’s no right way to do it, so it’s always right.
Some artists had the philosophical implications of their work front of mind, while for others it seemed more subconscious.
For me, they pose the question of how an art medium so technical, mathematical, and prone to error actually allows for an artist’s intuition to emerge. I find myself drawn to the outputs that carry a feeling of natural progression, of something that emerged from an artist that just feels right, whatever that means.
In the same way that photography has a tendency towards representation, there’s an opposite tendency toward abstraction that is fed by the natural building blocks of code.
Adam Berninger is an artist, curator, and founder based in New York and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. For the past 20 years, he has created works in photographic, painted, algorithmic, and written media, and served as a creative director for industry-leading brands with a high regard for taste. His work maintains an exploration of how technology, beauty, the written word, and interactive experiences can provoke a deeper understanding of our shared existence. Adam is also the founder of TENDER, a generative art hub, community, and advocate serving to advance the medium of computational art. Through TENDER, he collaborates with generative artists to create new long-form series. At the heart of his practice across platforms, artworks, and media is a dedication to revealing the essence of art itself.
Emily Edelman is a digital artist and designer who lives and works in Brooklyn. With a background in typography and the design of physical spaces, her work pushes the definition of text and communication as art objects. Emily’s first long-form generative series was Asemica, released on Art Blocks Curated in November 2021. She has also exhibited with Artsy, Bright Moments, EXPANDED.ART, theVERSEverse, VellumLA, Verse, and Vertical Crypto Art. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD and is the co-founder of Token Art, an art and tech unconference. In 2023, she curated the exhibition, “On Water,” at The Seaport in New York City.