JOHN DELK, Stream
October 23 – December 5, 2009
Opening reception: Friday October 23, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Stream, the gallery’s second solo exhibition of work by New York-based artist John Delk. Stream is an installation of obsessive accumulations; indexical lists of data, news stories, material and conceptual minutiae darkly posing questions related to identity and flux.

Delk turns digitally recorded data, banal experience, headlines, activity, measurements of time, and detailed observation into materially low-brow mirrors of consciousness. Active self-defining becomes a gateway to understanding the humble ways in which one comes to terms with limitations in a technological and political context. “John Delk”, 2009 ¬†utilizes the binary code from an audio file of the artist saying his own name to create a self-portrait as a list of thousands of zeros and ones. The specificity of the code connotes genetic composition and individuality as a complexly organized but finite set of components.

Stream, 2009 is a thirty-two foot scroll of laboriously hand-typed headlines on fax paper. An avalanche of information from the past five years concentrated into one sentence, Stream dissolves original meaning and intent into a palimpsest through Delk’s virulent process. Among other works in this exhibition of video and sculpture, ¬†Pressed incorporates 1358 small portraits from the Wall Street Journal; a fragmented who’s who which like most of Delk’s work, meditates on the unsettling illusion of primacy and permanence of self and civilization.

John Delk lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2001 and has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Chicago. His work was included in Partisan earlier this year, curated by Mary Jane Jacob for Art Chicago.

Press

ArtForum magazine by James Yood

NewCity by Rachel Furnari

John Delk

Stream
October 23 - December 5, 2009
Opens October 23, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views


Works

John Delk

John Delk, John Delk, 2009

John Delk (installed)

John Delk, John Delk (installed), 2009

Stream

John Delk, Stream, 2009

Stream (detail)

John Delk, Stream (detail), 2009

Pressed

John Delk, Pressed, 2009

Pressed (detail)

John Delk, Pressed (detail), 2009

Pressed (detail)

John Delk, Pressed (detail), 2009

Fragment

John Delk, Fragment, 2009

Lands' End

John Delk, Lands' End, 2009

Lands' End

John Delk, Lands' End, 2009

Lands' End (detail)

John Delk, Lands' End (detail), 2009

Lands' End (detail)

John Delk, Lands' End (detail), 2009

Captives

John Delk, Captives, 2007


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