MAX DE ESTEBAN – BINARY CODE
September 14 – October 25, 2018
We are delighted to present new a selection of photographs from the Binary Code series by Max de Esteban.
With this series, Esteban continues his examination of our world as mediated by and through technology, through creating photographic imagery that utilizes the traditions of appropriation and remix. As with his earlier bodies of work, the artist dispenses with the linear perspective inherent in Western art, as a key device in his examination of how technology is a determining factor in artistic expression, in human relationships, and in our mediation of the world.
"Binary Code, attempts to give visual expression to a world where databases and algorithms determine the ultimate reality, including nature. This is essentially the end of the order of nature as we know it".—states Max de Esteban.
The exhibition brings together nine artworks, from the larger collection of photographs. The photographs are a colorful concoction of collages, with individual elements carefully selected from a broad range of source material. There is no definitive meaning attached to each artwork, thus sending the viewer on a trajectory of multiple narratives that excite the imagination. Elements in each photograph—a woman’s face, industrial structures, silos, graphics, swathes of color—at once seem positively familiar, and yet unknown.
This is the third solo exhibition by the artist at the gallery, and follows the successful exhibition of Binary Code at the Mirbach Palace (Bratislava, Slovakia), FotoFest Biennal (Houston, Texas) and the Pingyao International Photography Festival (Pingyao, China).