Art Rocks, benefiting the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University, has built a reputation over the last few years for showcasing the year's top class of emerging artists. After featuring more traditional artists the last two years, James Cruickshank; my partner in curation, and I felt that the most innovative and progressive young artists are working in a medium that many don't usually associate with fine art; digital or internet art.
Until recently, Art & The Internet have been difficult to mix together in a manner appreciated or understood on a mass scale. This year has seen an explosion of art start-ups ("art-ups"), as well the emergence of a new generation of artists working in a medium and form of visual communication younger than most of the artists.
Digital or Internet Art is a creative, autodidactic, collaborative and innovative. This year's crop of artists embody this spirit and creativity. They have a deep understanding and knowledge of modern and traditional art history in addition to referencing, incorporating or re-interpolating popular culture and up to the minute memes. The reference and re-invention of existing imagery or concepts is a prominent theme in the art. The venue, charity, and platform afford the artists a great stage to present their work to a discerning and savvy art crowd at Art Rocks.
2011 Rocks Featured Artists:Andrew Kuo, Ryder Ripps, Rafael Rozendaal, Rene Abythe, Brendan Lynch, Austin Peters, Gordon Stevenson, and Sterling Crispin.
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