Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture

  • Erika Vogt, Motor Post Motor Band Disband, 2006-2008. Courtesy the artist and Overduin and Kite

  • Installation view at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

  • Installation view at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washingtion

  • Installation view at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washingtion

  • Installation view at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University

Curated by Sara Krajewski

Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture spotlights evolving attitudes toward the appropriation, recuperation, and repurposing of extant photographic imagery. Artists, as both producers and consumers in today’s vast image economy, freely adopt and adapt materials from myriad sources. Images culled from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public archives, studio walls, and from other works of art are all fair game. Image Transfer brings together artists who divert commonplace, even ubiquitous, visual materials into new territories of formal and idiomatic expression.

This exhibition proposes that these artists mark the progression of intuitive practices that are thoroughly at ease with today’s hyper-fluid circulation of images. In our digital age of fair use and open source, these attitudes demonstrate how far traditional notions of the authority and primacy of source materials have shifted toward a fluent rethinking of the way we value and interact with images. Image Transfer explores several questions. How are artists using clipped, copied, grabbed, or downloaded images, and what do such artistic positions relate to the viewer vis-à-vis the work? How do such synthesized images operate in visual culture? Do these works critique our media-saturated age or are they only symptomatic of it? What can these processes and these composite images tell us about the state of photography today?

Concentrating on a dozen artists, Image Transfer includes photography, painting, drawing, collage, projection, and installation. Growing out of the legacies of Pop, Conceptual Art, the Pictures Generation, experimental film, and avant-garde design, the exhibiting artists employ tactics of transferring, accumulating, and recombining existing images to construct new images, objects, and situations. Notably the techniques of cut-and-paste, re-photography, double exposure, and other object-oriented studio practices commingle with photocopying, scanning, and the commands of editing software. Artists who work across these multiple platforms reflect a systemic evolution that broadly parallels aspects of DJ culture, television and film production, and the DIY movement. The proliferating phenomena of remixes, mash-ups, montage, and collage (and the technologies that enable them) inform an alternative perspective for contemplating developments in visual art in resonance with wide-ranging cultural trends.


Sara Krajewski

Sara Krajewski is Director of INOVA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As Curator at the Henry Art Gallery from 2005-2012 she organized the group exhibitions The Violet Hour (2008) and Viewfinder (2007) as well as solo projects with artists Matthew Buckingham, Walid Raad, Liz Magor, Steven Roden, Kelly Mark, and Santiago Cucullu. Her writing has appeared in Art on Paper, ArtUS, and other publications. Krajewski has held curatorial positions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Harvard Art Museum.


touring schedule

Salina Art Center
Salina, KS, United States
November 9, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University
New Orleans, LA, United States
August 15, 2012 - October 15, 2012

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture
Baltimore, MD, United States
October 6, 2011 - December 10, 2011

Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University
Greencastle, IN, United States
February 22, 2011 - May 6, 2011

Henry Art Gallery
Seattle, WA, United States
October 2, 2010 - January 23, 2011

Booking Info

Accompanying this exhibition is the Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture catalogue, which is available through the Henry Art Gallery.

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