Catch the Vickie Vainionpää 'Software' opening Thursday, May 12th, 6-8 pm at 86 Walker St
VICKIE VAINIONPÄÄ SOFTWARE
May 12 - June 18, 2022
OPENING: Thursday, May 12th from 6-8pm
The Hole: Tribeca 86 Walker Street New York, NY, 10013
The Hole is pleased to presentSoftware, the debut solo exhibition of Montreal-based visual artist,Vickie Vainionpää. Starting with a generative computer script and ending as oil on canvas, the work depicts softly textured, organic shapes that fold and twist on themselves to create hyper-real forms reminiscent of microorganisms or intestinal tangles.Softwarewill open May 12th from 6-8pm and remain on view through June 18th at The Hole’s Tribeca location 86 Walker Street.
A continuation of Vainionpää’s “Soft Body Dynamics” series, the paintings inSoftwarefeature curvilinear shapes that bend and protrude, twisting into biomorphic forms that are non-representational yet familiar.With cool, fleshy tones and plush texture, these mesmerizing paintings exude a techno-optimism that binds the dual processes of code and paint.
As the show’s title hints, Vainionpää embraces a type of cyborgism by uniting the virtual and the real, and exploring the symbiosis of humans and technology in a body of work that could only have been made through a collaboration between human and machine. Vainionpää’sSoftwarecelebrates the remarkable innovation in digital imaging tools and also our imaginations, showing us a glimpse of the amorphous hyper-reality that awaits us in the post-human future. Generated in code and rendered materially in paint, Vainionpää embraces the forward momentum of technology in a world that is, in the words of Alan Watts, “a marvelous system of wiggles.”
The exhibition will also feature the artist’s first immersive video piece mapped across three walls in the back “apse” of the gallery, titled “Dark Mode”. Contrasting Vainionpää’s traditionally light, ethereal, and optimistic style of painting, the video installation plays with colors, textures, and lighting that are moody and nocturnal. The 5-minute long 4k looping video is accompanied by a unique synth score written specifically for the project by Montreal musician Nick Schofield to create an immersive sensory experience.