Sign Language at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Featuring new light works
by Ben Rubin and Tatsuo Miyajima
In Ben Rubin’s new pieces, texts extracted from topical online sources emerge from tubes of moving light. For (in)stability (2003), created in response to the war in Iraq, Rubin (working with Mark Hansen) filtered 1,000 online news articles five days after the 2003 U.S. invasion and extracted the most commonly cited quote: “The situation is stable.” The show also included two new works created from reactions to the reelection of George W. Bush. Circumstances Have Changed (2004) references quotations pulled from 4000 news articles posted online in the hours following the election, and Untitled (2004) traces online chat rooms’ widespread conversations at the same moment.