Streaming Event with Jan Robert Leegte - we will do a Gallery Surfing Session as a live stream at https://www.twitch.tv/pankegallery a conversation between the artist and the curator
Gallery Surfing Tour
About the exhibition
The Repositions works are investigations into the fundamental performative nature of software. Instead of taking the web document as a page to display static content; text, images, gifs, video, etc. the works have the document itself perform and can be read as document performances. Referencing to Bruce Nauman’s canonical “Wall-Floor Positions” from 1968, the works have the document take new positions in relation to the viewer and the browser’s window frame. Using random algorithms, the documents are infinitely striking new poses. The works have been executed in a series including a blank, blue, black and silver document.
The exhibition was planned and had to be canceled because of the corona pandemie. We will have a streaming event, where the artist will guide us through the planned exhibition. This guided Tour is based on the Gallery Surfing Format.
Jan Robert Leegte (born 1973, The Netherlands) is one of the first Dutch artists to work on and for the Internet since the 1990s. In 2002, he shifted his main focus to implementing digital materials in the context of the physical gallery space, aiming to bridge the online art world with the gallery art world, making prints, sculpture, installations, drawings, and projections, connecting to historical movements like land art, minimalism, performance art, and conceptualism.
As an artist Leegte explores the position of the new materials put forward by the (networked) computer, which is the central muse in his work. Code and software are dissected to understand their ontological nature in which he explores all their wonders and peculiarities. “I don't use software to make art, I make art about software”. Leegte lives and works in Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited internationally (Whitechapel Gallery, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, van Gogh Museum, ZKM Karlsruhe, Centre Pompidou, Museum Ludwig Budapest). He is currently represented by Upstream Gallery Amsterdam.