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Cory Arcangel: Errors and Omissions

Lisson Gallery, Shanghai

Fri 3 Nov 2023 to Wed 31 Jan 2024

2/F, 27 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, 200002 Cory Arcangel: Errors and Omissions

Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

Artist: Cory Arcangel

Lisson Gallery presents Errors and Omissions, Cory Arcangel’s second show in Shanghai, following his 2019 solo presentation, Topline, at CC Foundation. Constructed as a focused take on a survey show, this exhibition features an array of the artist’s multimedia projects, including video games, single-channel video, inkjets and industrially-coated aluminum ‘paintings’, utilizing techniques such as AI, machine learning and machine code.


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The show is anchored by two video game works created nearly 20 years apart — Super Slow Tetris (2004), and /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2021). Super Slow Tetris, an original copy of the Nintendo Entertainment System game Tetris has been hacked and slowed radically so that it now takes almost a whole day for a group of blocks to fall to the bottom of the screen (while crucially still playable). /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ (pronounced ‘Rodeo’) is another approach to extended game play, but here a bespoke Deep-Q machine-learning super computing system plays the game, a casual, free-to-play, Android title called ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,’ where players aim to increase their reputation by gaining fans and A-List celebrity stardom. /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2021) presented in the Shanghai gallery is a 3 hour long single-channel screen capture video of /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ playing ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,’ recorded on 14 December 2021.

Connecting these works are not only /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/’s ambient system sounds by musician Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), but a new series, entitled Things I Made, in which various webpages from coryarcangel.com become prints on paper ripped from a HP Deskjet 2710e manual. The prints track the progress of Arcangel’s work over the last two decades and include Photoshop Gradient and Smudge Tool Demonstration (2007) and his Self-Playing Nintendo 64 NBA Courtside 2 (2011).

The show concludes with a ready-made floor installation and a new series of Alus, aluminum paintings featuring abstract shapes and signatures cut by a robotic CNC fibre laser cutting machine with finishes that are reminiscent of Apple’s product lines for both casual and professional users. The lines, curves, and letters have been rendered from vectorized photographs of tracksuits, motifs which have been a long-standing interest of Arcangel’s. Industrially painted in hot pink, each work and its markings are unique. Diamond Plate (2023) utilizes a non-skid, safety surface used for stairs, catwalks, work platforms, walkways and ramps as the backdrop for the exhibition. Notably, the diamond plate pattern was a popular website background in the early days of the internet, and was the background for the artist’s first website (circa 1996). From the ’90s until 2023, Arcangel has weaved and swerved through a career centering contemporary art around ideas of power, digital technology and humor. Errors and Omissions serves as a teaser to Arcangel’s continuing journey.

Installation view of Cory Arcangel, Lisson Gallery, Shanghai, 3 November 2023 – 31 January 2024 © Cory Arcangel. Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photography by Alessandro Wang

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