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Trigger, 2005, Site-specific interactive installation, Pace University Digital Gallery
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Trigger, 2005, Site-specific interactive installation, Pace University Digital Gallery
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Disembodied Voices, 2004, Five-projector interactive installation, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
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Reinventing, 2007, Digital collage
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Someday, 2007, Digital collage
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How Safe Is, 2007, Digital collage
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A Separate Peace, 2007, Digital collage
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People Know, 2007, Digital collage
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Jody Zellen: Artist’s Statement/Biography

I work in many media simultaneously, making drawings, photographs, installations, net art, and public art, as well as artists’ books that explore the subject of the urban environment. I use representations of contemporary and historic cities culled from media sources as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations. In my work I push the boundaries of the various media. I explore architectural spaces as well as digital spaces, making projects that are site-specific or use the medium in unexpected ways. Through a bombardment of disparate images (on screen or in a gallery) my pieces celebrate the complexity and unpredictability of urban space. I am interested in the patterns, structure, and design of the urban environment as well as modes of communication within it, such as the internet or the daily newspaper, which has long been a source, as well as providing inspiration, for my work. My practice moves seamlessly between the digital and the analogue. I create net-based works and animations that are often then transformed into site-specific installations. I have recently become obsessed with the ritual of making daily drawings. These drawings are like doodles that are filled with patterns, buildings, and figures. Sometimes they include tracings of pages of the newspaper. Other times they are just random lines, scribbles based on the length and tempo of one song playing on my iPod. Often the drawings are scanned, and juxtaposed with newspaper images to create digital collages that then become the basis for animations. These animations take the elements apart, allowing them to move, rotate, and dance across the screen, culminating in a highly distilled portrait of the news, a deconstruction of both medium and message. Each element in my work can be seen as a building block—while they exist as finished works on their own, they are also used as material for further explorations.

Jody Zellen is an artist living in Los Angeles, California. Solo exhibitions include Paul Kopeikin Gallery (2007), LAXArt (2007); Pace University’s Digital Gallery (2005); The Laguna Art Museum (2004–05); Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2002); Deep River, Los Angeles (2001). Her net art projects have shown worldwide since 1997 in festivals and exhibitions such as Mundourbano, Madrid; E-Poetry Festival, Paris; Cyber Feminism, Vienna; WRO Media Art Biannual, Warsaw; File, Sao Paulo (2007); Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany; 9th Japan Media Art Festival, Tokyo (2006); Arte Nuevo Interactive, Mexico; ACCEA, Armenia; Prog:Me, Rio de Janeiro (2005); File, Brazil; Festival du Noveau Cinema, Montreal; Siggraph, Los Angeles; International Festival of Electronic Art, Argentina; Cosign, Croatia (2004); New Forms Festival, Vancouver; Re-contres Internationales, Berlin (2003); Whitney Museum Artport (2002); XXV Bienal de Sao Paulo (2002); Art Future, Taiwan (2000); Net_Condition, ZKM (1999); Film + Arch.3, Graz (1997). Her website “Ghost City” ( www.ghostcity.com ), begun in 1997, is an ever-changing meditation on the urban environment. “Crowds and Power” was the October 2002 portal for the Whitney Museum’s artport ( http://artport.whitney.org ). “Disembodied Voices” (2004) ( www.disembodiedvoices.com ) began as an online project that was then converted into a five-projector interactive installation for which she received a 2004 Los Angeles COLA fellowship. Her most recent online work uses the New York Times as a point of departure and can be viewed at ( http://allthenewsthatsfittoprint.net/frame.html ). She is currently making tracings from news imagery and transforming...

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6539
Print ISSN
0300-7162
Pages
pp. 2-167
Launched on MUSE
2008-06-11
Open Access
No
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