Between Here and the Machine
Bean Gilsdorf, Anthony Discenza, Rhonda Holberton
November 30–December 23, 2018
8371 N Interstate Ave #3
Portland, OR 97217
Between Here and the Machine presents the work of three West Coast artists whose practices contemplate the ubiquity of mediated images. Working across analog and digital forms, Bean Gilsdorf, Rhonda Holberton, and Anthony Discenza negotiate spheres of image production and distribution in order to expose and subvert their operations. Gilsdorf exhumes "dead" images from mass-media history books, reanimating them as meticulously assembled soft sculptures. Holberton challenges the aesthetics of platforms such as Instagram by restaging its operations with her own possessions using low-fi 3D modeling tools. Discenza’s randomized image-search composites, produced on his phone, suggest a new kind of visual space shaped less by traditional compositional strategies than by the inhuman logic of the algorithm. In each case, the image-space that each artist addresses represents layers of processing—technological, cultural, political—comprising a vast continuum of visual production and manipulation; the works in Between Here and the Machine all bear the marks of their long passage through this space.
(Full disclosure: Journal’s director works with the artist Discenza, and has exhibited two of the pieces by Holberton)