Wednesday, February 5 through Sunday, March 2, 2014
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Guest Curators: Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2, curatorsquared
Artist Talk by Evan Roth: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:30pm in CFA Hall
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7pm in Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Evan Roth’s work occupies the irregular zone at the intersection of free culture with popular culture, where viral media meets art, and graffiti connects with technology. The powerful and surprising images, objects, and experiences in the exhibition Intellectual Property Donor suggest a new way to exist within the current environment shaped by our participation in an increasingly cyber and global world, yet grounded in our need for materiality and personal connections. Roth consistently intervenes into existing systems to subvert or transform them from the private realm to the public. His interest in graffiti and open source programming fall under the rubric of hacking. He often mentions a “handshake” moment between graffiti writers and hackers, noting the inherent potential to reach wider audiences and spread his way of thinking into general popular culture by referencing the same systems and open source methodologies. Roth inventively takes his artist’s brain and reaches into the disparate worlds of computer programming and street culture, forging a new way to approach each realm. Based in Paris, he received his M.F.A. from the Parsons New School for Design; and co-founded the Graffiti Research Lab in 2005, and the Free Art and Technology Lab, an arts and free culture collective, in 2007. This exhibition is the largest one-person presentation of the artist’s pioneering, multifaceted work in the United States. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History.