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Aimee Weber (triptych)
Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG
Digital prints on canvas
36 x 48 inches each
Courtesy Postmasters Gallery
February 17 – March 17, 2007
Postmasters Gallery, New York
Opening reception: Saturday February 17, 6-8 p-m
Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present “13 Most Beautiful Avatars,” a portrait series from Second Life by EVA and FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.ORG, for their second solo show at the gallery.
The Matteses have been living in the virtual world, Second Life, for over a year, exploring its terrain and interacting with its peculiar inhabitants. The result of their “video-game flanerie” is a series of portraits, entitled “13 Most Beautiful Avatars.” Not unlike Warhol’s entourage of stars, captured in the “13 Most Beautiful Boys” and “13 Most Beautiful Women” portrait series, the Matteses’ “13 Most Beautiful Avatars” captures the most visually dynamic and celebrated “stars” of Second Life.
The portraits reflect Second Life aesthetics, featuring the bright colors, “artificial” light, broad flat areas, 3D shapes, and surreal perspectives that are typical of this virtual world. Overall, the series draws on the technological developments which allow the creation of alternate identities within simulated worlds. Despite the relative newness of using video game-derived source materials, the avatars’ icons recall questions common to earlier eras of portraiture, including the cultural and psychological context of the images, and the relationships between high art and subculture, between contemporary art and “traditional” art forms, and between art and life itself.
The project was created during the artists’ stay at The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. The Matteses are the recipients of 2006 New York Prize for most promising young Italian Artists.
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