Jordan Wolfson: ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS
David Zwirner is pleased to present new work by American artist Jordan Wolfson, on view at the gallery’s Paris location. The exhibition is composed of an installation of HYPERVSN 3D holographic displays that project a range of imagery developed by the artist as well as a new series of wall-mounted brass panels featuring snapshot photographs from Wolfson’s childhood. This will be Wolfson’s fourth solo exhibition with David Zwirner. A concurrent installation of the works will be on view at Sadie Coles HQ, London, opening January 30.
Throughout his career, Wolfson has examined the intersection of art, technology, and mass media, exploring the ways in which imagery and information are experienced and disseminated today.
Using CGI animation, facial-recognition software, virtual-reality headsets, and advanced animatronics, among other cutting-edge technologies, Wolfson has continuously challenged the individual’s relationship to media, information systems, and technology within contemporary society.
In ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS, Wolfson continues to probe American culture and contemporary life through an eponymously titled work utilizing a new holographic display technology made of spinning fans that have micro LEDs embedded in their blades. The LEDs are programmed to rapidly illuminate in a precise manner while spinning so as to create the illusion of holographic imagery floating in space. These unique devices have primarily been marketed for commercial use—as a means of luring consumers and presenting brands and products in a visually dynamic and novel way.
Image: Installation view, Jordan Wolfson: ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS, David Zwirner, Paris, 2020
“I always felt that transgression led to transformation,” Wolfson says in a recent episode of Dialogues. “Like there is this point where the hero goes through it to sort of transgressive situation to come out renewed. And that's the viewer. But in a way we're giving that to the viewer, you know, in the gallery or in the theater.”
In a provocative and revealing conversation between Wolfson and the playwright Jeremy O. Harris, the two talk suppression and transgression, pop music, pornography, and more.