alchemy - NOV 28 - DEC 28, 2015 - SOLO EXHIBITION
NIK SHANLIN, PAINTER
"My work is a fusion of traditional painting and contemporary technology. This process involves both random and intentional image manipulation, generated by scripting language within the computer programs I use. This is part of an ongoing series where I'm pushing the means of conventional painting utilizing the tools within the computers' set functions in an attempt to seamlessly converge mediums to the desired effect. I employ what can be a simple or complex process depending on each piece. I work in acrylic, primarily on raw canvas and panel."
Nik Shanlin is a Los Angeles-based artist and designer who holds a B.A. in visual communication from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Since graduating, Nik has pursued a multi-disciplinary career in design while practicing his studio work on the side. This latest body of work is Nik Shanlin's first foray into this style of modernistic painting, which is a convergence of mediums and techniques that culminate in meticulously crafted aesthetic and tonal nuance.
Nik Shanlin - WOAH, Los Angeles, CA (2015)
Applying technological interferences to an intuitive practice, Nik Shanlin explores the painterly effects inherent in digitization and virtual structures. His compositions take form through mechanic and organic image manipulation of computer scripting languages. Interweaving a deterministic and randomized set of operations, Shanlin uses his canvases to visualize algorithm aesthetics—utilizing code as a medium and vehicle for creation, like painting.
Expanding the historical context of painting—from the earliest manifestations of optics, geometry, and perspective to the calculated and conceptual mathematics of the Cubists, Futurists, and Dadaists—Shanlin analyzes space and form in a Post Internet frame. Perpendiculars immaculately extend into another dimension. Mapped data, image processing, and the artist’s hand conform into one multifaceted perspective of seamless convergence. In many ways his work’s subject matter is the computer’s language—a world commanded and transformed by digital and virtual technologies. Utilizing the machine’s set functions as a tool for articulation, Shanlin captures an endlessly complex and ever changing network of realities and fiction—a topology of interchangeable states set in strategic tonal nuance.
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