Featuring Artists and Writers
of Extreme Vision.
"Crops" is a slide show of bits of information. This "information"
is strangely, but intrinsically tied to the Internet because its transmission
is through the web, via webpages, newsgroups, e-mail, and direct ftp.
But this data is reconfigured as pictures -- binaries -- which have
nothing to do with the technical. The new picture frame for painting
is the the computer monitor, and its sub-frames within.
These frames are not only windows to spaces and images, but windows
into a private world of exchange and voyeurism that has been facilitated
by a technology whose intrinsic state is information transfer. Although
lauded as a new medium for communication and commerce, the Internet
has for years been the medium of instant access to all fetishism.
The question for each user is whether or not to spend time looking
for it (if it hasn't found you first).
And for those who don't search it out, how are they morally implicated
when even seeing a fragment of it? These bits and pieces are references
to the overwhelming user experience of viewing and trading "questionable"
material on the web -- which accounts for the greater part of web
bandwidth expenditure these past years -- but which goes on behind
closed doors and conveniently out of public sight.
Ravi Singh received his MFA in Painting in 1998 at the University
of Houston and his BFA in Painting at the Maryland Institute, College
of Art in 1993.
Since 1996, he has made a progression into digital media from painting
and drawing and currently works as a web design consultant in Houston,
His website, Home Bitter Home (http://rsingh.net),
has featured a variety of his works and interests and serves as his
on-going webdesign and art portfolio in his post-painting period.
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.