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Keith Tyson

Opening on Thursday, June 20th, the gallery will present the work of London-based artist, Keith Tyson (born 1969). This will be the artist's first one-person exhibition in New York, featuring five "Artmachine Iterations"- an ongoing project that he has been working on for the last five years.

In a wide range of media, Keith Tyson will introduce a group of works, that are all results of his Artmachine, i.e. physical manifestations of dictations from a system he has programmed. Rather than deciding himself what art to make, Tyson leaves this process up to his machine. A combination of a computer, flow charts and books, the Artmachine randomly selects or performs creative tasks and Tyson then turns its actions into art. "Initially it just made dots on paper, but I made it more and more complex until I would just do about anything. It took me five years to program it all, " as Tyson explains. Although these works cannot be seen as readymades - works whose physical existence preceded their existence as art objects - the iterations are neither related to the conventional intentions, meaning and function of art works. While avoiding the notion of illustration and expression, Tyson has no control over the proposals and demands from his machine.

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June 20July 26, 1996
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