Snyder’s work is presented in the form of installations and texts, a common formula among contemporary creators, where different mediums cohabit and converse. Snyder, who is based in Berlin, Europe’s art hub, draws his material from such diverse sources as news channels, data banks, press agencies as well as digital and material archives and websites. This sifting through the tangled mass of information produces art that ultimately criticizes the very fodder it relies on.

This is a fascinating, subversive use of the artistic process, resulting in a visual environment at once recognizable and alien, demanding an educated approach. The fact that reading is required to fully appreciate the message Snyder’s work carries, and the intellectual component of his piece, its presentation in an academic context, such as the University, is perfectly apt.

This exhibition is the first comprehensive selection of Snyder’s works to be shown in Canada, and is being curated by Spanish conceptual artist, Joan Fontcuberta, who also happens to be an accomplished writer, editor and teacher. In other words, a perfect pairing.

 

Sean Snyder
Algorithmic Archaeology
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery
J.W. McConnell Building
Concordia University
Sir George Williams Campus

September 8 to October 24, 2015

http://ellengallery.concordia.ca/(lien externe)
http://moisdelaphoto.com/(lien externe)

 

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Sean Snyder
Aleatoric Collision (Sony Scandal), 2015
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Images courtesy of the artist

 
Image
Sean Snyder
Aleatoric Collision (Sony Scandal), 2015
Video still