This summer’s group show explores the wide ranging implications of an ever growing digital world. The fine tuned precision of computer aided technology lends us the power to create with uncanny accuracy. The future promises a world with no margin for error, an environment that verges on perfection.
“The Second Self” addresses a paradox at the heart of the digital age, probing to discover what can be left when we do away with human error. Works from Ad Minoliti, Austin Lee, Beth Letain, Ce Jian, and Donna Huanca address this topic in unique ways, creating a group show with a powerful diversity that stands as testament to humankind’s enduring individuality…
Peres Projects is pleased to present The Second Self, a group exhibition featuring a series of works by Donna HUANCA, Ce JIAN, Austin LEE, Beth LETAIN, and Ad MINOLITI exploring the similarity and slippage between the human and digital mind.
“The Second Self” takes its title from Sherry Turkle’s 1984 book which looks at the role of computers in our social and psychological lives. Computer technology has served as a great catalyst for society, impacting our awareness of ourselves, of each other and our relationship to the world. We endeavour to humanise technology, to create it in our own image, and a fresh aspect of this challenge is to create room for human error and emotion within technology. The works by the artists in this exhibition explore the notion of replicating individuality, with all of its flaws, in technology and provide different perspectives on the psychology of computation, allowing us to view our relationship with technology with fresh eyes.
Donna HUANCA (b.1980, US) studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt and was the recipient of the DAAD Artist Frankfurt and a Fulbright research grant. Recent exhibitions include the Zabludowicz Collection, London, Peres Projects, Berlin. In 2017, Huanca takes part in the group exhibition Jaguars and Electric Eels at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin and currently has a solo exhibition at Travesia Cuatro, Madrid.
Ce JIAN (b.1984, CN) graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts in the master class of Georg Baselitz, Daniel Richter and Robert Lucander in 2008. She studied at Goldsmiths College, London and was a PhD candidate in Art and Visual History at the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. Currently working and living in Berlin and Beijing, recent exhibitions include The Grand Illusion, White Space, Beijing (2016); I’m not a robot, Galerie Philine Cremer, Düsseldorf (2016); Our Painting, Yang Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016).
Austin LEE (b.1983, US) lives and works in New York. He received an MFA in Painting from Yale School of Art and a BFA from Tyler School of Art. His most recent solo exhibitions include shows at Postmasters Gallery in New York, Carl Kostyal in London and Stockholm, Kaleidoscope in Milan, New Gallery in Paris and BANK in Shanghai.
Beth LETAIN (b. 1976, CA) studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and SUNY Purchase College, graduating with an MFA in 2008. She has exhibited recently in Montreal, Brooklyn, and Boston. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Ad MINOLITI (b. 1980, AR) obtained a BFA from the National Academy of Fine Arts Pueyrredon, Argentina in 2003. Recent solo and duo exhibitions include Disjecta Art Center, Portland; Agustina Ferreyra, Puerto Rico; Recoleta Art Center, Buenos Aires; Nuevo Museo Energía de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires; Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris, and Eden Assanti, London. Minoliti has recently taken part in numerous group exhibitions including Aichi Triennale, Nagoya; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal; Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre; and FRAC Des Pays De La Loire, Nantes.
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Austin Lee Tenderfoot, 2017 Painting – Acrylic on canvas 213.4 x 152.4 cm (84 x 60 in)