It’s A Digital World by Meagher and We Just Live In It

Artist Patrick Meagher
Artist Patrick Meagher
Equity Gallery on the LES
Equity Gallery on the LES

Collage has come a long way, baby! From the days of scissor cut forms pasted to pile image upon image, now you can precisely cut and paste digitally. Patrick Meagher explored and demonstrated how the digital age has affected us spiritually and emotionally with his solo exhibition, “Suggested For You”.

Meagher is not coy in suggesting that you immerse yourself in the pixilated and coded mutations that enhance stock images of action like a surfer riding the waves. The image alone is dynamic enough but the additional digital enhancements take it to a whole new level when the geometric anomaly gives a more intriguing character and feel. He’s literally “crushing” it!

Large steel CD disks piled near a video installation of a constellation of logos that spark the sky hearken to the early rudimentary technology of the digital realm. With all the slick and blink of an eye fast technology where it is about instant gratification, there is the long gone charm of the early generation. Lo-tech is getting a serious revamp and a second look by Meagher.

At Equity Gallery on the LES
At Equity Gallery on the LES
Step Right into ART
Step Right into ART

Reconfigured and presented with unabashed verve, digital flourishes are not a quick fix gimmick as it is easy to just click, drop and forget it. Meagher is considerate and respectful of the elements he had to add into his collage and explore with his oeuvre. With his collages and sculpture work, Meagher as an artist is successful in making us pause and consider what this digital matter is all about. We live and immerse ourselves in it but it takes an artist to make us take stock in something we visually take for granted.

So does it creep into your soul? Are you fixated with the digital flourish that enhanced the photo collage? Has digital technology improved or slowly deteriorating your world? If there are questions popping in your head while viewing the show then Meagher has most certainly crushed it!

 

Patrick Meagher: Suggested For You

Exhibition Dates: March 31 – April 30, 2016

Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat (11 am – 6 pm)  and by appt.

Equity Gallery. 245 Broome Street. New York, NY 10002

 

Art Review by Oscar A. Laluyan

Photography by Olya Turcihin

Suggested For You on Art Night
Suggested For You on Art Night
She might be making a suggestion to see this show
She might be making a suggestion to see this show
Suggested For You by Patrick Meagher
Suggested For You by Patrick Meagher
The LES Art Crowd Comes Out To Play
The LES Art Crowd Comes Out To Play
So Refreshing To See This ART
So Refreshing To See This ART
Scratch Free Disks so ART is flawless
Scratch Free Disks so ART is flawless

 

 

 

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier’s firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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