easy to assume that the artistic effects of the digital revolution are limited to
computer-based works, such as CD-ROMs and photography. However, the computer screen has
begun to affect our sensibilities on a much broader level, in ways we are only beginning
Curated by Kevin Murray, Offline is an exhibition of
handmade digital craft. Though produced through traditional means, the works
on display reveal a digital aesthetic. What kind of digital aesthetic might embrace the
It has become almost a cliché of contemporary graphic
design to include drop shadows and feathering. The surface of the work must be
soft. One of the questions that Offline asks is the reason for this
trend. Early digital graphics was criticised for being too pixilated; it looked awkward
compared to the fluid media of wet photography and paint. Perhaps filtering is a reaction
against this criticism? Maybe it has something to do with the end of the cold war and the
blurring of ideological boundaries?
Meanwhile, back at the bench, there is a curious trend in
the way surfaces are now being treated. This is particularly evident in the work now being
conducted in unglazed ceramics. The surface of the vessel is now longer an alternative
medium for images, it offers a very tactile visual experience.
The exhibition will feature ceramics by Pilar Rojas, Damon
Moon, Jo Crawford, Stephen Goldate, Robyn Best, Susan Ostling, and Andrea Hylands. Other
works that fit the category soft hardware are Karl Millards textured
metalware, Kathy Elliott & Ben Edols carved glass, and Mary Scotts
translucent images on glass. A copper-wire network by Nelia Justo provides the hard
software counterpoint to the other muted works. A textile interpretation of the
Unabomber Manifesto from Chicago artist Gwendolyn Zierdt provides an opportunity to ponder
whether nostalgia is the only possible way of looking at crafted objects.
To highlight the material quality of these works in an
increasingly abstract age, the exhibition is maintained in the Jam Factory space as an
offline areawith no essays, labels or mobile phones. Visitors will be
provided with a map and refreshments for their journey through the space. For those
visiting the exhibition online, a memorial web-site will be set up with a
database of lost objects in order to reflect on the decline of object in the age of data.
If nude objects offend, then please dont go Offline.