Kyle Trowbridge: The Politics of Time

Feb. 10, 2012 - March 31, 2012

Opening reception Feb. 10, 2012, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.




Dorsch Gallery is pleased to present Kyle Trowbridge's solo exhibition, The Politics of Time.

Trowbridge presents technology, the way it has permeated all levels of social interaction, as an uncharted problem. In his paintings, the old and new uncomfortably co-exist.

For several years Trowbridge has been investigating how technology alters the dynamics of inter-human relationships. His grand new paintings are at once abstract geometric paintings and functioning Quick Response (QR) codes. They are about 8 feet square. Their appearance, paint handling and palette reference canons of abstract geometric painting, such as Gerhard Richter's Color Chart paintings (1966-), Piet Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-43), Hans Hoffman's later abstract paintings and Josef Albers' Homage to a Square (1965).
On the other hand, these colorful paintings, once scanned with the proper application, yield a text written by the artist. Usually one sees these QR codes, the next generation of barcodes, on product packaging and promotion materials. Scanning the black and white squares with a QR application on a smart phone can link the user to websites, text, and other kinds of data at a remote source. The hallmark of a QR code is an equal sized square within a square, repeated three times in the lower left, upper left and upper right corners of a larger square. With the frame established, a computer can read, in a zigzagged and zoned pattern, the binary code contained within it.

To read the full essay click here.

To view more work from Trowbridge click here.




Kyle Trowbridge

The Politics of Time, 2012, installation shot


Kyle Trowbridge

The Politics of Time, 2012, installation shot


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