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Cave Maze

Title: Cave Maze

Artist: John Berry

Paper Lure, Yellow Sea
Outsourced Militia

Reception: CopyPaste:
New Work by Ryan Irvin, Anne Roecklein, and John Berry
March 25, 2011 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Location: SoFA Gallery

The School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University is pleased to announce CopyPaste:
New Work by Ryan Irvin, Anne Roecklein, and John Berry. This exhibition will open Tuesday, March 22 and continue through Saturday, March 26, 2011. An opening reception will be held Friday, March 25 from 6- 8pm. All events are free and open to the public.

CopyPaste features three artists using mass-produced source material from the digital and commercial world as a medium for sincere expression. The work in CopyPaste integrates traits of the physical world: uniqueness, proportion, and texture, with the lens of the digital: impact, brevity, duplication, and convenience. The work reinvigorates a common ground between two worlds.
Anne Roecklein engages CopyPaste as a hand-made practice. Her works are “paper lures”; visually seductive compositions from discarded science and nature books. The resulting shapes are organic in both appearance and process. 

Ryan Irvin creates large collages using newspapers, billboards and other found materials. His work hovers between representing a 2 dimensional and the 3 dimensional spaces, weaving texture and color to playfully engage image re-appropriation. 

John Berry paints from memories of early computer and video games. His paintings are emptied of objects and protagonists, creating junkyards of digital forms. The former illusion and narrative of these memories break apart creating a physiological landscape.
Berry notes- “Now that we’ve navigated the Information Age for over a decade, a freedom from it has arrived: The “digital condition” no longer demands direct commentary, it simply is the world in and through which we see and express information. This show positions our Information Age experiences as a means to reengage the craft of our practice, thereby shifting a formerly overwhelming experience into a constructive one. Our goal neither demonizes nor celebrates the novelty of now, but suggests an artistic progress that absorbs and humanizes our digital world.”
CopyPaste is the last part of the exhibition series Blank Slate, which features Indiana artists. The Blank Slate series is sponsored by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.